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I know that I can use this structure:

I AM + AT + THE + NAME OF THE PLACE + TYPE OF PLACE

For instance, I can say:

  • I'm at the Empire State Building
  • I'm at the Hilton Hotel

However, can we remove the article THE before the name of the place? For instance, can I say:

  • Join us at Paris University for this great event
  • Book your room at Hyatt Paris now
  • We will host an event at Accord Arena in Paris
  • In many cases, it sounds odd to unacceptable to leave out the definite article (*I'll meet you at Chrysler Building). But with some names, where the inclusion of the article might be considered to sound rather stuffy, bloated, less snappy (and especially in the States), it is fairly common to omit it. I'll meet you at Circus Circus / Planet Hollywood / Caesars Palace / Bally's (but the Stratosphere / the Venetian). Usage may also vary with actual example: 'She's at the University of Leicester' but 'It's a University of Leicester publication'. – Edwin Ashworth Feb 13 '18 at 9:05
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  • Thank you. Makes sense to me. But from a grammatical and formal perspective, should I write - I'll meet you at the Planet Hollywood? – user281390 Feb 13 '18 at 13:14
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The preposition is just at -- the rest is a separate part of the sentence.

The need for an article, definite (the), indefinite (a) or none, depends on the noun or noun clause that follows, not on the preposition.

  • Thank you. So based on Edwin's examples, what's grammatically correct? - I'll meet you at Planet Hollywood or - I'll meet you at the Planet Hollywood? I'm asking regardless how it sounds orally. – user281390 Feb 13 '18 at 13:12

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