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Why Don't Brits Use The Article Of Speech "the"

Mon Oct 15, 2007 6:52 pm

Simple question and it extends to more than just Brits (just couldn't fit all the countries into the title.)

Why do Brits/Canadians/others not use the article of speech "the" when speaking? Why do they say "I'm going to hospital" or "I'm going to Univeristy" instead of the hospital or the university?

I suppose it is just an extraneous word that doesn't do much for the sentence but it was the way I was taught and I'm just curious why it is taught other ways.
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RE: Why Don't Brits Use The Article Of Speech "the"

Mon Oct 15, 2007 7:03 pm

why do Americans say "different than" instead of (correctly) "different from"?

And it is not "Brits" it is "British". Brits is a little town in South Africa.

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RE: Why Don't Brits Use The Article Of Speech "the"

Mon Oct 15, 2007 7:04 pm

Quoting DeltaGator (Thread starter):
Why do Brits/Canadians/others not use the article of speech "the" when speaking? Why do they say "I'm going to hospital" or "I'm going to Univeristy" instead of the hospital or the university?

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Whether correct or wrong, I was told by a British teacher in London, that I when in a town/city of size with various hospitals/universities around was to say "go to hospital" but if I was somewhere in the countryside I might say "to THE hospital", but that in reality this was not necessary -- just possible. He explained that it is of minor importance, particularily in a country with a cost-free National Health Service like the U.K. to WHICH hospital you are going, but that the point is to go TO HOSPITAL / TO UNIVERSITY etc. But to THE bar, THE restaurant, etc.
 
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Mon Oct 15, 2007 7:07 pm

An interesting line from Monty Python's "Elephantoplasty" sketch from "Matching Tie and Handkerchief:"

"...he spent three weeks in hospital and then eight weeks in the zoo."

So, we get the definite article "the" with "zoo," but not with "hospital."

So what is up with this strange little bugger, "and it's the definite article 'the?' Dennis..."

"Well, he's started five of his last six novels with a definite article..."

But, I digress.
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RE: Why Don't Brits Use The Article Of Speech "the"

Mon Oct 15, 2007 7:07 pm

Quoting DeltaGator (Thread starter):
Why do Brits/Canadians/others not use the article of speech "the" when speaking? Why do they say "I'm going to hospital" or "I'm going to Univeristy" instead of the hospital or the university?

i think the question should be "why do americans use the article of speech 'the'...". Everyone else seems to say it the other way, its just you guys that are different...
 
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RE: Why Don't Brits Use The Article Of Speech "the"

Mon Oct 15, 2007 8:08 pm

Well, while we're at it, why do people use the word 'of' instead of 'have'?

For example, "I could of gone to hospital" instead of the correct "I could have gone to hospital".
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RE: Why Don't Brits Use The Article Of Speech "the"

Mon Oct 15, 2007 8:11 pm

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 5):
I could of gone to hospital"

I think that is more about pronunciation than anything else, I have never seen anyone actually write a sentence like that.
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Mon Oct 15, 2007 8:16 pm

Quoting Andz (Reply 6):

I think that is more about pronunciation than anything else, I have never seen anyone actually write a sentence like that.

Happens on here quite regularly. You're right though, probably the pronunciation of 'could've' being spelled as 'could of'.
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Mon Oct 15, 2007 8:31 pm

I don;t know any Canadians that say, "I go to hospital." University, yes, we more often times than not, do not use "the", but not hospital.

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Mon Oct 15, 2007 8:36 pm

In the US, you say go to college, not 'the' college. Why woudl it be different with university?
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Mon Oct 15, 2007 8:39 pm

Quoting EWRCabincrew (Reply 9):
In the US, you say go to college, not 'the' college. Why woudl it be different with university?

Because some people "go to college" at a University and some at a College. In your sentence, "college" is a concept, not a place. Further, English is f#cked up, which probably accounts for everything. Well, not everything.
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RE: Why Don't Brits Use The Article Of Speech "the"

Mon Oct 15, 2007 8:45 pm

Quoting CastleIsland (Reply 10):
In your sentence, "college" is a concept, not a place.

No, it was meant as a place.

Quoting CastleIsland (Reply 10):
Further, English is f#cked up, which probably accounts for everything.

Ain't that the truth.
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RE: Why Don't Brits Use The Article Of Speech "the"

Mon Oct 15, 2007 8:54 pm

There would be a slight difference on this side of the Atlantic between "going to hospital" and "going to the hospital". The former would be a generic term, whereas the latter would imply a specific hospital.
 
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Mon Oct 15, 2007 9:03 pm

Why do Americans continue throwing questions about English across the pond when we're the ones guilty of butchering the language the last 200 years?
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RE: Why Don't Brits Use The Article Of Speech "the"

Mon Oct 15, 2007 9:15 pm

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 13):
Why do Americans continue throwing questions about English across the pond when we're the ones guilty of butchering the language the last 200 years?

How true!!

I find it cringe-worthy.
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Mon Oct 15, 2007 9:15 pm

Hi. This is an interesting but annoying problem to us, non-native.
In high school education in Japan it is taken to be wrong to say "I go to the school".
If you do this, you'd be told by your teacher "Just say ""I go to school"" or you lose points at the exam then
you won't be able to -go to university-".

By the way, with all these severe grammers taught in school education here in Japan, you will find how it is
difficult to make yourself understood in English when you come to Japan. Why?
 
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Mon Oct 15, 2007 9:19 pm

So, we're all agreed.
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Mon Oct 15, 2007 9:23 pm

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 16):
The Americans suck at speaking properly

Agreed. Just look at the south, you can barely understand what they say.  duck   flamed   Wink
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RE: Why Don't Brits Use The Article Of Speech "the"

Mon Oct 15, 2007 9:23 pm

Quoting DeltaGator (Thread starter):
Why do Brits/Canadians/others not use the article of speech "the" when speaking? Why do they say "I'm going to hospital" or "I'm going to Univeristy" instead of the hospital or the university?

I'd say the use of a definate article would be appropriate if you are talking about a particular University or Hospital, and if both speaker and audience know which one you are talking about.
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Mon Oct 15, 2007 9:25 pm

Quoting YYZflyer (Reply 17):
Agreed. Just look at the south, you can barely understand what they say.

To be fair, that goes just as well for highland Scots, drunk Irishmen, and rural Aussies.
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RE: Why Don't Brits Use The Article Of Speech "the

Mon Oct 15, 2007 9:28 pm

Well. I question got turned into an "Why do Americans do everything different" rant. Pride is a killer lol.
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Mon Oct 15, 2007 9:48 pm

I find it interesting that the US and UK refer to corporations and groups so differently. For example, if Ducati releases a new motorcycle:

US magazines say - "Ducati has released a new motorcycle"

while

UK magazines say - "Ducati have released a new motorcycle".

It's as though the US refers to the company as a single corporate entity, while the UK refers to the company as a group of people.

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RE: Why Don't Brits Use The Article Of Speech "the"

Mon Oct 15, 2007 9:49 pm

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 12):
Why do Americans continue throwing questions about English across the pond when we're the ones guilty of butchering the language the last 200 years?



Quoting RicciPettit (Reply 14):
How true!!

I find it cringe-worthy.



Quoting Gkirk (Reply 16):
So, we're all agreed.
The Americans suck at speaking properly



Quoting YYZflyer (Reply 17):
Agreed. Just look at the south, you can barely understand what they say.

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Mon Oct 15, 2007 9:50 pm

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 22):
Whether people like it or not, English is an international language, influenced from all over the globe. And all the better for it.

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RE: Why Don't Brits Use The Article Of Speech "the"

Mon Oct 15, 2007 10:00 pm

Quoting DeltaGator (Thread starter):

Why do Brits/Canadians/others not use the article of speech "the" when speaking? Why do they say "I'm going to hospital" or "I'm going to Univeristy" instead of the hospital or the university?

I suppose it is just an extraneous word that doesn't do much for the sentence

In some ways, it is just extraneous. It is sort of like someone who writes "a myriad of things" as opposed to just "myriad things". In any case, I don't think we as Americans actually use "the" when referring to going to University unless it is in very specific circumstances. When just talking generally, we usually say "I'm going to University" or more accurately "I'm going to college".

Quoting Andz (Reply 1):
why do Americans say "different than" instead of (correctly) "different from"?

"Different than" is correct in American English.

Quoting Andz (Reply 1):

And it is not "Brits" it is "British". Brits is a little town in South Africa.

It is an abbreviation.

Quoting Andz (Reply 6):
Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 5):
I could of gone to hospital"

I think that is more about pronunciation than anything else, I have never seen anyone actually write a sentence like that.

It is more like people are saying 've than anything else.

Quoting EmiratesA345 (Reply 8):
I don;t know any Canadians that say, "I go to hospital." University, yes, we more often times than not, do not use "the", but not hospital.

Most Canadians I know say "I was in hospital" or something of the sort

Quoting EWRCabincrew (Reply 9):
In the US, you say go to college, not 'the' college. Why woudl it be different with university?

It isn't. I think that wasn't a great example.

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 13):
Why do Americans continue throwing questions about English across the pond when we're the ones guilty of butchering the language the last 200 years?

Actually, American English tends to be more heavily influenced by the older language than is British English.

Quoting SMOLT (Reply 15):

In high school education in Japan it is taken to be wrong to say "I go to the school".

It is wrong. It all depends on the context and the words used.

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 16):

The Americans suck at speaking properly

This from a Scot?

Quoting Cfalk (Reply 18):

I'd say the use of a definate article would be appropriate if you are talking about a particular University or Hospital,

I never said "I go to the UCLA" or "I go to the Tulane". As far as University goes, I think the is only really properly and consistently used when someone is describing the physical act. For example, "I am going over to the University now." Otherwise, no "the" is used. It is the opposite for hospital, where "the" is used pretty much all the time.
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RE: Why Don't Brits Use The Article Of Speech "the"

Mon Oct 15, 2007 10:23 pm

Quoting N1120A (Reply 24):
It is wrong. It all depends on the context and the words used.

I wouldn't go around expecting the Japanese education system to address the issue of context. English is taught from a rote-learning perspective only. That's why you have 30 year-olds running around this place who know exactly what a past participle is by sight but can barely explain the details of their job or family situation.
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RE: Why Don't Brits Use The Article Of Speech "the"

Tue Oct 16, 2007 12:27 am

Quoting EmiratesA345 (Reply 8):
I don;t know any Canadians that say, "I go to hospital."

I've never heard anyone say "I'm going to hospital" but if you asked someone "How's your mom doing?" you might get the response "She's in hospital".
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RE: Why Don't Brits Use The Article Of Speech "the"

Tue Oct 16, 2007 1:13 am

I have imagined one situation.
In such a socialism nation as the Soviet Union as it used to be, where medical services are provided by the Nation equally
to the people, where people have no choice as to what hospital to go when needed, just go to the hospital assigned to him by the Nation, and where there is no difference between the hospitals with regards to the quality of service they provide, they would say "I go to hospital."; meanwhile if there is a hospital for the privileged class, a granted person may say "I go to the hospital". ---Too much complexing?

>>Gkirk if you say this in other expression, how would you say? To be honest I'm not quite used to this kind of expression.
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RE: Why Don't Brits Use The Article Of Speech "the"

Tue Oct 16, 2007 1:25 am

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 5):
For example, "I could of gone to hospital" instead of the correct "I could have gone to hospital".

You mean "could've", not could of.

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 13):
Why do Americans continue throwing questions about English across the pond when we're the ones guilty of butchering the language the last 200 years?

Well I'm glad DG asked the question, I think it is interesting. You wouldn't say "I went to park" rather than "I went to the park", or "get in car" rather than "get in the car." The absence of the article "the" when speaking about a hospital is strange, because it appears to be inconsistent. When an American says "I went to the hospital" or "my mother was in the hospital" they aren't necessarily talking about a specific hospital, but rather explaining the fact that they were hospitalized.


Quoting EWRCabincrew (Reply 9):
In the US, you say go to college, not 'the' college. Why woudl it be different with university?

Hardly anyone in the US says "I go to university." I think 98% of Americans say "I go to college."
 
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Tue Oct 16, 2007 1:32 am

Quoting Cfalk (Reply 18):
I'd say the use of a definate article would be appropriate if you are talking about a particular University or Hospital, and if both speaker and audience know which one you are talking about.

17 replies before Cfalk points out the bleeding obvious. Note he did not point out "bleeding obvious" because we would not know which "bo" it was, "the bo" tells us it is the use of the definite article.

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RE: Why Don't Brits Use The Article Of Speech "the"

Tue Oct 16, 2007 1:51 am

Quoting EWRCabincrew (Reply 9):
In the US, you say go to college, not 'the' college. Why woudl it be different with university?

*ahem* Some of use use it. The Ohio State University.  wink 

Quoting HuskyAviation (Reply 28):
Hardly anyone in the US says "I go to university." I think 98% of Americans say "I go to college."

Which is usually followed up by "Your mom goes to college."  wink 

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 5):
For example, "I could of gone to hospital" instead of the correct "I could have gone to hospital".

I could be wrong, but it probably stems from contractions- "could've" sounds somewhat similar to "could of" and hence the [mis]use of the phrase. All speculation of course. Add that to the fact that many Americans are piss-poor with their grammar. My personal pet-peeve is confusing "you're" with "your", especially when someone tries to insult you over the computer with "Your retarded".  wink 
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RE: Why Don't Brits Use The Article Of Speech "the"

Tue Oct 16, 2007 2:03 am

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 12):
There would be a slight difference on this side of the Atlantic between "going to hospital" and "going to the hospital". The former would be a generic term, whereas the latter would imply a specific hospital.

Interestingly I read it as two different meanings.
"I'm going to hospital" I would use if I was going to hospital to have surgery etc etc ie: for an extended stay/ continuous or repeated use. eg: I go to (Auckland) University"
"I'm going to the hospital" is used when you are only visiting someone, ie: having a short stop there

Places like Airports/Zoo/Supermarkets all come under this category.
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RE: Why Don't Brits Use The Article Of Speech "the"

Tue Oct 16, 2007 2:52 am

Quoting CastleIsland (Reply 10):
English is f#cked up, which probably accounts for everything.

That probably is the underlying reason.

Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 30):
ahem* Some of use use it. The Ohio State University.

I believe you meant to say The University of Florida, Northern Campus.  Wink

Quoting HuskyAviation (Reply 28):
Hardly anyone in the US says "I go to university." I think 98% of Americans say "I go to college."

And the other 2% say "I is a college student."  Wink

Quoting ScarletHarlot (Reply 26):
I've never heard anyone say "I'm going to hospital" but if you asked someone "How's your mom doing?" you might get the response "She's in hospital".

I've heard both out of Brits, Canadians, and a few other English speaking countries. I suppose it just varies based on the area.
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Tue Oct 16, 2007 3:03 am

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 13):
Why do Americans continue throwing questions about English across the pond when we're the ones guilty of butchering the language the last 200 years?

I didn't think the OP was suggesting that the British were using (or not using) "the" correctly. He was just asking a simple question about why English was spoken one way in some places, and differently in others.

While we Americans do screw up the mother tongue on a frequent basis, I don't think all the crap dished out in this thread was deserved.

Honestly, sometimes people do like to ask simple questions. Maybe we shouldn't all have such itchy trigger fingers....
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RE: Why Don't Brits Use The Article Of Speech "the"

Tue Oct 16, 2007 3:09 am

They actually kinda do use the article "the" but for them it's a bit different, they add an amendment so it is actually "thebloody."
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RE: Why Don't Brits Use The Article Of Speech "the"

Tue Oct 16, 2007 3:10 am

The one I can't understand the the US version of "I couldn't care less" - i.e. " I could care less"

It means the opposite of what is intended.
 
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Tue Oct 16, 2007 3:39 am

Yea, I don't get it either...the missing "the" sounds just so...weird/odd...here we would typically identify which hospital, and may not even say the word hospital, as in "going to Mease" or "going to Bayfront", etc...but if name is unknown, then we'd say "going to the hospital".

I had a similar thing with a relative in Sweden, where Mom said son was (as I recall from 3 yrs ago) "in university", and I couldn't figure out what she meant...I kept asking which university, and she didn't understand that.
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RE: Why Don't Brits Use The Article Of Speech "the"

Tue Oct 16, 2007 3:47 am

As a general rule, the proper noun does NOT get a "the". Examples:

Common Noun: I am going to THE hospital.
Proper Noun: I am going to Cedars-Sinai. (no "the")

Common Noun: I am going to THE university to study.
Proper Noun: I am going to UCLA to study. (no "the")
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Tue Oct 16, 2007 4:04 am

Quoting YYZflyer (Reply 17):
Agreed. Just look at the south, you can barely understand what they say.

As a Texan, I can understand and speak "Southern." Now real, original, English English? Nope. Well, Ima fixin' tuh do somethin' more inerestin' than talkin' about how 'dem Redcoats talk tuh one anutha. Ya'll have a good night! Big grin

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RE: Why Don't Brits Use The Article Of Speech "the"

Tue Oct 16, 2007 4:09 am

Quoting J_Hallgren (Reply 36):
Yea, I don't get it either...the missing "the" sounds just so...weird/odd...here we would typically identify which hospital, and may not even say the word hospital, as in "going to Mease" or "going to Bayfront", etc...but if name is unknown, then we'd say "going to the hospital".

That is because generally in the UK only one hospital serves an area so saying its name is superfluous.
 
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Tue Oct 16, 2007 4:21 am

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 12):
between "going to hospital" and "going to the hospital". The former would be a generic term, whereas the latter would imply a specific hospital.

so that this teacher was right !

Quoting Skywatch (Reply 38):
saving phrases

in Texas, one of the more special expressions is "hellouly" !  Big grin
 
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RE: Why Don't Brits Use The Article Of Speech "the"

Tue Oct 16, 2007 4:46 am

I think this was a good question by the OP as I've always been a little curious about the different usage of "the" between the "Brits" and the "Yanks."

Here's another one for you - in the UK they use "the" when refering to Lebanon. As in "the Prime Minister will be visiting the Lebanon next week." I always heard it said that way on the news when I was stationed at in England back in the 80's.
 
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RE: Why Don't Brits Use The Article Of Speech "the

Tue Oct 16, 2007 5:01 am

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 5):
I could of gone to hospital

"could of" = "could've" Since they pretty much sound the same, I dont think anyone actually says "could of", but instead they are saying the contracted form of "could have" which is "could've"

Quoting Boston92 (Reply 37):
Proper Noun: I am going to UCLA to study. (no "the")

I think Ohio State students/alums would beg to differ  Wink
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RE: Why Don't Brits Use The Article Of Speech "the"

Tue Oct 16, 2007 9:27 am

Quoting N200WN (Reply 41):
Here's another one for you - in the UK they use "the" when refering to Lebanon

That's historical, really. We also have a habit of referring to "the Ukraine", which irritates Ukrainians (and fair enough too!).

Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 30):
I could be wrong, but it probably stems from contractions- "could've" sounds somewhat similar to "could of" and hence the [mis]use of the phrase. All speculation of course. Add that to the fact that many Americans are piss-poor with their grammar.

Yes, that's exactly what it is. But I don't think IFEMaster was remotely suggesting it was an American thing. You see it in Britain lots of times as well. Perhaps a crash-course on learning the difference between a preposition and a verb is in order. We could do an exchange programme, you can teach our thickies and we'll teach yours, how's that?  Wink

Now, there's little point in wondering why there are slight differences between British and American English (or any other English), because the truth is, when someone points out something that sounds strange, the native speaker tends to react with bafflement, because they've never thought of it as unusual before.

It's all part of the rich tapestry of English. As has been hinted at above, a great many Americanisms are anything but, being tied in to an older form of English that is prevalent in Britain, I always think "gotten" and "fall" in weather terms are great examples of that. But there are changes that confuse Britons; I entirely agree that "I could care less" is really peculiar, because it says the opposite of what is meant, whereas we say "I couldn't care less". But you also have fascinating deliberate changes, such as the British "titbit" becoming the American "tidbit" purely for reasons of prudishness (and blue tits, great tits and the like became chickadees at the same time). Isn't it wonderful? I love it, the way we can all fiddle around with the language we love, pull it apart, invent new words, change the rules....and yet at the end of it, it's still so gloriously flexible that we can all understand each other! Bloody marvellous.
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RE: Why Don't Brits Use The Article Of Speech "the"

Tue Oct 16, 2007 9:39 am

Quoting N200WN (Reply 41):
Here's another one for you - in the UK they use "the" when refering to Lebanon. As in "the Prime Minister will be visiting the Lebanon next week." I always heard it said that way on the news when I was stationed at in England back in the 80's.

From wikipedia:

Country names

In English most countries never take the definite article, but there are many that do. It is commonly used with many country names which derive from names of island groups (the Philippines), mountain ranges (the Lebanon), deserts (the Sudan), and other geographic expressions (the Netherlands). Such use is declining, but for some countries it remains common. Since the independence of Ukraine, most style guides have advised dropping the article, in part because the Ukrainian government was concerned about a similar issue involving prepositions.

The U.S. Department of State[1] and CIA World Factbook [2] show the definite article with only two countries: The Bahamas and The Gambia.


Quoting Halls120 (Reply 33):
I didn't think the OP was suggesting that the British were using (or not using) "the" correctly.

maybe not intentionally, but thats what his question implied. By saying "why do the brits not do it" he was implying that he felt this was the correct way to do it, and wondered why others did not do it this way...
 
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RE: Why Don't Brits Use The Article Of Speech "the"

Tue Oct 16, 2007 9:49 am

Quoting Banco (Reply 43):
We also have a habit of referring to "the Ukraine", which irritates Ukrainians (and fair enough too!).

And even worse, "the Argentine" - OK this particular useage is dying out, but still.
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RE: Why Don't Brits Use The Article Of Speech "the"

Tue Oct 16, 2007 9:54 am

while we are at it, "them americans" are guilty of the worst abonimation known to mankind: THEIR THERE
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RE: Why Don't Brits Use The Article Of Speech "the"

Tue Oct 16, 2007 9:55 am

You should try going to Yorkshire - they replace "the" with "t'' "- so instead of "I'm going to the pub", i't becomes "I'm going to t'pub".... Very confusing even for me, and I spend half my life up there these days  Smile
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RE: Why Don't Brits Use The Article Of Speech "the"

Tue Oct 16, 2007 10:00 am

Quoting Zak (Reply 46):
THEIR THERE

Since we are in a grammatical criticism thread, perhaps you should rephrase that. "THEY'RE THERE" is perhaps what you meant.  Yeah sure
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RE: Why Don't Brits Use The Article Of Speech "the"

Tue Oct 16, 2007 10:06 am

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 48):
Since we are in a grammatical criticism thread

"Grammatical criticism"? Are you sure that works like that?  scratchchin   Wink
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