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7.8: Geography and ‘The’

With geographic nouns, sometimes you use ‘the’ and sometimes you don’t. Confusing, right? No longer:

DON’T USE ‘THE’

Single Mountains or Islands

Example \(\PageIndex{1}\):

  • Mount Hood
  • Madagascar

Most Countries and Continents

Example \(\PageIndex{2}\):

  • France
  • Algeria
  • North Korea
  • Australia
  • Antarctica

Streets, Squares, and Parks

Example \(\PageIndex{3}\):

  • Linden Street
  • Madison Square
  • Yosemite National Park

Bays, Single Lakes

Example \(\PageIndex{4}\):

  • Honolulu Bay
  • Lake Michigan

Cities, States, and Counties

Example \(\PageIndex{5}\):

  • Reno
  • Florida
  • Howard County

USE ‘THE’

Groups of Islands

Example \(\PageIndex{6}\):

the British Isles

Canals and Rivers

Example \(\PageIndex{7}\):

  • the Suez Canal
  • the Mississippi

Peninsulas

Example \(\PageIndex{8}\):

  • the Arabian Peninsula
  • the Iberian Peninsula

Country Names with of phrase

Example \(\PageIndex{9}\):

  • the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • the Republic of South Korea

Mountain Ranges

Example \(\PageIndex{10}\):

  • the Cascades
  • the Andes

Oceans, Seas, and Gulfs

Example \(\PageIndex{11}\):

  • the Atlantic Ocean
  • the Mediterranean Sea
  • the Gulf of Mexico

Large Regions and Deserts

Example \(\PageIndex{12}\):

  • the West Coast
  • the Gobi
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