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    "McDonald's" in plural

    Hello.
    Can I use McDonald's in plural?
    "In the big cities of Georgia we have many McDonald's. " "The" can be omitted, if I am not wrong.

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    Re: "McDonald's" in plural

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    Can I use McDonald's in plural?
    "In the big cities of Georgia we have many McDonald's. " "The" can be omitted, if I am not wrong.
    You've used the plural correctly. You need the article.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: "McDonald's" in plural

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    You've used the plural correctly. You need the article.
    I am talking about the cities generally. I thought I could omit "the."
    If I use "In the big city of Tbilisi" the article should also be used. Right?

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    Re: "McDonald's" in plural

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    If I use "In the big city of Tbilisi" the article should also be used. Right?
    Yes.
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    Re: "McDonald's" in plural

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    I am talking about the cities generally. I thought I could omit "the."
    If I use "In the big city of Tbilisi" the article should also be used. Right?
    These are natural:

    - In the big cities of Georgia . . . .

    - In big cities in Georgia . . . .

    - In Georgia's big cities . . . .

    You can also use bigger in all of those.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: "McDonald's" in plural

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Yes.
    I understand that the article should be used in "in the big cities of Georgia" but I can't explain why.

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    Re: "McDonald's" in plural

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    I understand that the article should be used in "in the big cities of Georgia" but I can't explain why.
    There are many big cities. We're talking about a specific set of them: Georgia's big cities; the big cities of Georgia.
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    Re: "McDonald's" in plural

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    These are natural:

    - In the big cities of Georgia . . . .

    - In big cities in Georgia . . . .

    - In Georgia's big cities . . . .

    You can also use bigger in all of those.
    In your second example as stated I would prefer to use "of Georgia".

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    Re: "McDonald's" in plural

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    There are many big cities. We're talking about a specific set of them: Georgia's big cities; the big cities of Georgia.
    So it has nothing to do with "of" being used in that sentence? I thought perhaps with "of" I should use "the". "In big cities in Georgia" there is no "of" but am I not speaking about the same specific cities?
    "In big cities in Georgia" is correct while "In big cities of Georgia" isn't.

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    Re: "McDonald's" in plural

    Quote Originally Posted by Yankee View Post
    In your second example as stated I would prefer to use "of Georgia".
    I wouldn't, but you can go right ahead! (It's fine.)
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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