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Articles with geographical names.  • The definite article is used with the names of :Articles with geographical names. • The definite article is used with the names of :

 • Channels :  the English Channel,  the Bristol Channel  • Channels : the English Channel, the Bristol Channel

 • Canals :  the Panama Canal,  the  Suez Canal  • Canals : the Panama Canal, the Suez Canal

 • Straits :  the Strait of Dover,  the  Bosporus,  the Bering • Straits : the Strait of Dover, the Bosporus, the Bering Strait

 • Falls : the Niagara Falls,  the  Victoria Falls  • Falls : the Niagara Falls, the Victoria Falls

 • Deserts :  the Kara-Kum,  the  Sahara  • Deserts : the Kara-Kum, the Sahara

 • Mountain chains :  the Alps,  the  Andes,  the Rocky Mountains • Mountain chains : the Alps, the Andes, the Rocky Mountains ( the Rockies), the Appalachian Mountains ( the Appalachians)

 • Groups of islands :  the  Philippine Islands ( the  Philippines), • Groups of islands : the Philippine Islands ( the Philippines), the Bermuda Islands ( the Bermudas)

 • The definite articles is used if a geographical name includes the so-called  « • The definite articles is used if a geographical name includes the so-called « of-phrase » : the city of London, the Gulf of Mexico, the Bay of Bengal, the Isle of White.

 • No article is used with the names of :  • No article is used with the names of :

 • Peninsulas :  Cornwall, Kamchatka.  • But if the word peninsula itself is • Peninsulas : Cornwall, Kamchatka. • But if the word peninsula itself is included into the name, the definite article is used. Cf. : the Balkan Peninsula, the Kola peninsula.

 • Separate mountain peaks :  Elbrus, Everest  • Separate mountain peaks : Elbrus, Everest

 • Volcanoes :  Vesuvius (Mount Vesuvius)  • Volcanoes : Vesuvius (Mount Vesuvius)

 • Separate islands :  Cuba, Malta,  Long Island  • Separate islands : Cuba, Malta, Long Island

Articles with place names.  • The definite article is usually used before the names ofArticles with place names. • The definite article is usually used before the names of :

 • Hotels :  the Hilton Hotel,  the  Carlton Hotel  • Hotels : the Hilton Hotel, the Carlton Hotel

 • Restaurants/pubs :  the Bombay Restaurant,  the Swan ( pub ),  the • Restaurants/pubs : the Bombay Restaurant, the Swan ( pub ), the Peking Duck ( restaurant )

 • Theatres/cinemas :  the Bolshoi Theatre,  the Odeon,  the Forum ( cinema • Theatres/cinemas : the Bolshoi Theatre, the Odeon, the Forum ( cinema )

 • Concert halls :  the Royal Albert Hall  • Concert halls : the Royal Albert Hall

 • Museums :  the Pushkin Fine Arts Museum  • Museums : the Pushkin Fine Arts Museum

 • Galleries :  the National Gallery,  the Hermitage,  the Louvre  • Galleries : the National Gallery, the Hermitage, the Louvre

 • Banks :  the Russian Trade and Industry Bank  • Banks : the Russian Trade and Industry Bank

 • But if the restaurants, hotels etc.  are named after the people who started • But if the restaurants, hotels etc. are named after the people who started them, no article is used. Such names end in s or `s : • Restaurants : Maxim`s, Mac. Donald`s, Luigi `s Italian Restaurant • Hotels : Claridge`s

 • The same is true about the names of shops and banks :  • • The same is true about the names of shops and banks : • Shops : Harrods, Selfridges, Harrison`s • Banks : Lloyd Bank, Barclay Bank

 • The definite article is used if a place name includes the so-called  « • The definite article is used if a place name includes the so-called « of-phrase » : the Bank of England, the Tower of London, the Museum of Modern Art.

 • No article is used with the names of :  • No article is used with the names of :

 • Railway stations :  Victoria Station, Paddington Station  • Railway stations : Victoria Station, Paddington Station

 • Airports :  Heathrow, Gatwick,  Vnukovo • Airports : Heathrow, Gatwick, Vnukovo

 • Roads, avenues :  Broadway,  42 nd avenue, King`s Road  • Roads, avenues : Broadway, 42 nd avenue, King`s Road

 • Bridges :  Bank Bridge, Kazan Bridge.  BUT :  the Golden Gate • Bridges : Bank Bridge, Kazan Bridge. BUT : the Golden Gate Bridge

 • Universities :  Moscow University, Cambridge  (University)  • Universities : Moscow University, Cambridge (University)

 • Parks :  Gorky Park, Hyde Park  • Parks : Gorky Park, Hyde Park

 • Churches/cathedrals :  St.  Paul`s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, St. John`s Church  • Churches/cathedrals : St. Paul`s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, St. John`s Church

 • Palaces/castles :  Buckingham Palace, Winter Palace, Edinburgh Castle.  BUT :  the • Palaces/castles : Buckingham Palace, Winter Palace, Edinburgh Castle. BUT : the White House, the Royal Palace