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Jun
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comment Why use “the” for oceans/seas/rivers etc. but not lakes?
Those who live in The Hague never stopped using an old-fashioned name that described the place according to its medieval use. We get the official name Den Haag from Des Graven Hage, which means "the counts' hedge" and refers to the fact that Dutch noblemen once used the land for hunting. Many other place names started off as descriptions with definite articles. For example, the city of Bath, England, famous for its purportedly health-supporting natural spring, was referred to as "The Bath" until the 19th century. Etc...
Jun
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comment Should “the” ever be dropped from the beginning of a name/title?
I'd also like to point out to Barrie England that "The Queen" is only "The Queen" if you happen to reside in a specific geographical area.
Jun
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comment Should “the” ever be dropped from the beginning of a name/title?
btw, the book title is a different beast altogether. You wouldn't say "I read the Learning to Knit" but we might say "I read the book Learning to Knit". You might even say "I read the Learning to Knit book" even though it's a bit awkward.
Jun
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comment Should “the” ever be dropped from the beginning of a name/title?
In the answer I linked to, it has already been answered that rivers are preceeded by the definitive article 'the' (the Thames). I'm guessing you are talking about a specific Times, a specific Queen, etc?
Jun
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comment Why use “the” for oceans/seas/rivers etc. but not lakes?
There is also The Hague, an archaic reference that stuck around.
Jun
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comment Should “the” ever be dropped from the beginning of a name/title?
"The Doon School" has decided to include the definitive article in their name, similarly, the definitive article has already been included in the title of the book (it is about specific adventures, not adventures in general). 'The' does not cease to be a definitive article in this case, it still indicates that you are talking about a specific school and not any school. Barrie England: this could be a similar case to "the Hague" an archaic reference that just never went away.
Jun
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comment Should “the” ever be dropped from the beginning of a name/title?
tyjkenn: can you give me an example of something which has "the" as part of the name? rudra: I don't understand your question.
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answered Should “the” ever be dropped from the beginning of a name/title?
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answered “at the floor” vs. “on the floor”
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answered Word choice: An example that is used throughout a thesis
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comment Why use “the” for oceans/seas/rivers etc. but not lakes?
yes, I realized that shortly after answering, and subsequently found the correct answer.
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revised Why use “the” for oceans/seas/rivers etc. but not lakes?
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answered Why use “the” for oceans/seas/rivers etc. but not lakes?