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    I visited ____ Palace; it was very expensive.
    Buckingham
    the Buckingham
    Either could be used here.

    The answer is the first one without the article "the", and I do not see why it is. Isn't Buckhamham Palace a one specific building? Or is it a place with many buildings. I do not understand why?
    Thank you in advance for the help.
    isl

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    I am eager to hear some opinions on this, too!

    I visited Buckingham Palace.
    I visited the Palace.
    I visited the Empire State Building.
    I went to [the optional] Grand Canyon National Park.
    I went to Yosemite National Park.

    I know how to say them. Is there any reason why we say them that way?

    GREAT question!


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    Quote Originally Posted by isl911 View Post
    I visited ____ Palace; it was very expensive.
    Buckingham
    the Buckingham
    Either could be used here.

    The answer is the first one without the article "the", and I do not see why it is. Isn't Buckhamham Palace a one specific building? Or is it a place with many buildings. I do not understand why?
    Thank you in advance for the help.
    isl
    It is a named building, rather than a descriptive or possessive.

    The White House is descriptive.
    The MI5 Building is possessive.
    The Gibberd Garden is possessive.

    Blenheim Palace is the name of a house.
    Yosemite Park is the name of the park.

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    And ... your point is?

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    Hello Anglika. Thank you for the reply. Bear with me because I am not understanding.

    "The White House is descriptive."
    "Whit House"
    Isn't it a name of the building? Even though the color is white?

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    Yeah, still confused. I don't care whether it was the neightbour's house, painted white, or the home of George & Laura, you still say it the same way:

    I'm going to the white house.
    I'm going to the White House.

    So, whether it's a proper name, or a description, it's the same. Yet,
    I'm going to Buckingham Palace is the same as if it belonged to Duke Buck:
    I'm going to Buckingham's palace.


    Why?


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    Quote Originally Posted by isl911 View Post
    Hello Anglika. Thank you for the reply. Bear with me because I am not understanding.

    "The White House is descriptive."
    "Whit House"
    Isn't it a name of the building? Even though the color is white?
    Yes, but it is a name derived from the fact that it is white. It identifies it as the White House.

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    I don't think we're ever going to get an answer here.


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    Quote Originally Posted by isl911 View Post
    I visited ____ Palace; it was very expensive.
    Buckingham
    the Buckingham
    Either could be used here.

    The answer is the first one without the article "the", and I do not see why it is. Isn't Buckhamham Palace a one specific building? Or is it a place with many buildings. I do not understand why?
    Thank you in advance for the help.
    isl
    OWL at Purdue University: The Use and Non-Use of Articles

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    And, as predicted, even OWL does not explain why it's
    I see Buckingham Palace.
    I see the White House.

    So, I ask again, why?
    And why, Anglika, did you point us to the article that didn't answer the question - or did I miss something in it?

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