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    names of banks,arenas...- articles

    Hi,

    Does anybody know any good sites where i can find the explanation of the correct use of articles with as many names as possible? Whenever i try to find this,there are the names of rivers,lakes,streets,towns,oceans,seas,churches,sq uares,parks...,and i think i need many more examples.I even have two good grammar books and can`t find everything i need.

    For instance,i would like to know if the names of banks,arenas,hospitals,clinics,courts,malls,market s,clubs,nightclubs,schools,colleges and universities are used with the article "the" or not.

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    Last edited by njanja; 16-Oct-2006 at 18:00.

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    Re: names of banks,arenas...- articles

    Banks- no
    Arenas- no
    Hospitals- yes
    Malls- no
    Markets- depends
    Nightcilbs- no
    Schools no
    Colleges/universities- it depends- the Univeristy of Oxford, but Oxford University

    However, all of these can changes if the definitie article is part of the name, so, for intance, in London, there is a nightclub called 'The Ministry of Sound', etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by njanja View Post
    Hi,

    Does anybody know any good sites where i can find the explanation of the correct use of articles with as many names as possible? Whenever i try to find this,there are the names of rivers,lakes,streets,towns,oceans,seas,churches,sq uares,parks...,and i think i need many more examples.I even have two good grammar books and can`t find everything i need.

    For instance,i would like to know if the names of banks,arenas,hospitals,clinics,courts,malls,market s,clubs,nightclubs,schools,colleges and universities are used with the article "the" or not.

    Thanks
    There's another dimension to this: For words like jail, prison, school, college, university, etc., we have to look at the situation to find out whether to use 'the' or not. Consider the following examples:
    My brother had a heart attack; he went to hospital.
    His friends came to the hospital to meet him.

    The criminal went to jail/prison.
    People came to the prison/jail to visit him.

    Children go to school.
    Parents go to the school to get their children's progress reports.

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    Re: names of banks,arenas...- articles

    Hi Njanja,
    In adittion to the info given so far, you could also take a look at an earlier post of mine with relevant info:
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...tml#post119312


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    Re: names of banks,arenas...- articles

    Sorry, Tdol,
    AFAIK bars and clubs do have articles.
    Many a celebrity is to be seen at the Red Lion.
    Sure enough your knowledge is first hand experience, but your statement contradicts my grammar books. Are they wrong?

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    Re: names of banks,arenas...- articles

    the Red Lion = a pub, and most pubs take the article. (How straightforward!) They are not the same as clubs.
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    Re: names of banks,arenas...- articles

    PS, Just to make things words, clubs that have the word club in their name tend to take the article.

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    Re: names of banks,arenas...- articles

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    the Red Lion = a pub, and most pubs take the article. (How straightforward!) They are not the same as clubs.
    BUT, only one article ; we don't say "he had a drink in the The Red Lion", although "The Red Lion" may be what's painted on the door. (This is a bit of a trivial example, as many Red Lions just have "Red Lion" on the sign. But there are lots of pubs that have an invariable "The" in the name:

    The Lamb and Flag
    The Eagle and Child
    The Case is Altered
    The Elephant and Castle

    etc etc)

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    #9

    Re: names of banks,arenas...- articles

    And another thing. Sometimes there are 3 options:

    He ate at McDonald's
    He ate at the McDonald's in the High Street.
    Wherever he was staying, he always ate at a MacDonald's.


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    Re: names of banks,arenas...- articles

    Tnx, tdol and Bob,
    I don't understand what was straightforward, though.

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