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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #7496: Names with and without the.
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    Names with and without the.


    Names with and without the.


    A/ We do not use 'the' with names of most streets/roads/squares/parks etc.:


    Union Street (not 'the...') / Fifth Avenue/ Piccadilly Circus/ Hyde Park
    Blackrock Road
    / Broadway/ Times Square/
    Waterloo Bridge


    Many names (especially names of important buildings and institutions) are two words:

    Kennedy Airport/ Cambridge University

    The first word is usually the name of a person ('Kennedy') or a place ('Cambridge'). We do not usually use 'the' with names like these. Some more examples:

    Victoria Station (not 'the...') / Edinburgh Castle/ London Zoo/ Westminster Abbey/ Buckingham Palace/ Canterbury Cathedral


    But we say 'the White House', 'the Royal Palace', because 'white' and 'royal' are not names like 'Kennedy' and 'Cambridge'. This is only a general rule and there are exceptions.

    B/ Most other names (of places, buildings etc.) have names with the:


    These places usually have names with the:


    Hotels/restaurants/pubs =  the Station Hotel, the Bombay Restaurant, the Red Lion (pub)
    theatres/cinemas = the Palace Theatre, the Odeon Cinema

    Museums/galleries = the British Museum, the Tate Gallery

    other buildings  = the Empire State Building, the Festival Hall, the White House.
    Oceans/seas/canals  = the Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the Suez Canal

    Newspapers  = the Washington Post, the Financial Times
    organisations =
     the European Community, the BBC (= the British Broadcasting Corporation)

    Sometimes we leave out the noun: the Hilton (Hotel), the Sahara (Desert)

    Sometimes the name is only the + noun: the Vatican (in Rome), the Sun (British newspaper)


    Names with ...of... usually have the. For example:

    the Bank of England/ the Tower of London/ the Museum of Modern Art
    the Houses of Parliament/ the Great Wall of China/ the Tropic of Capricorn
    the Gulf of Mexico/ the University of London (but the London University)

    C/ Many shops, restaurants, hotels, banks etc. are named after the people who started them. These names end in -'s or -s. We do not use 'the' with these names:

    Lloyds Bank (not the Lloyds Bank)/ McDonalds/ Jack's Guest House/ Harrods (shop)/

    Churches are often named after saints:

    St John's Church (not the St John's Church)/ St Paul's Cathedral

    D/ Names of companies, airlines etc. are usually without 'the':

    Fiat (not the Fiat)      Sony      Kodak      British Airways      IBM



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    1. Have you ever been to ,

    2. is a very large park in central London.

    3. Another park in central London is .

    4. is in Baker Street.

    5. We flew to New York from near London.

    6. Frank is a student at .

    7. If you're looking for a good clothes shop, I would recommend .

    8. If you're looking for a good pub, I would recommend .

    9. is at the entrance to New York harbour.

    10. You should go to . It's very interesting.

    11. John works for IBM now. He used to work for .

    12. 'Which cinema are you going to this evening?' .'

    13. I'd like to go to China and see .

    14. This book is published by .

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