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    two questions ..

    hello,
    1. why there is no 'the' before Victoria Peak? Don't we use 'the' before mountain names, e.g. The Himalayas, The Alps ?

    2. pros & cons: I believe pro- is a prefix meaning supporter, what about "con"?
    is it a prefix, too? or an abbrev.?

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    Re: two questions ..

    Is it because plural mountain names have 'the'?


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    Re: two questions ..

    Quote Originally Posted by light View Post
    hello,
    1. why there is no 'the' before Victoria Peak? Don't we use 'the' before mountain names, e.g. The Himalayas, The Alps ?

    2. pros & cons: I believe pro- is a prefix meaning supporter, what about "con"?
    is it a prefix, too? or an abbrev.?
    Mountain ranges are unique, so they require "the" [see here: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/esl/eslart.html]

    "pros and cons" = for and against [pro is from Latin for "for" and means "in favour"; con is an abbreviation of "contra" - against]

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    Re: two questions ..

    thank you Anglika,
    I understand pros and cons now. About the article 'the', the link you suggested didn't open; but I guess when you say 'unique' you mean there is only one Alps, but there can be similiar summits or peaks like Victoria Peak..

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