the Puget Sound
JMB at STRADLEY.COM
Thu Nov 14 20:21:18 UTC 2002
Physical geography seems to vary in its use of "the." At least in my case, "the" is always used for oceans and seas: the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea. I rarely use it for lakes: Lake Michigan, Moosehead Lake (but compare the Great Salt Lake, its salinity perhaps conferring sea-like attributes). I don't refer to sounds very often, so I don't have an established practice. Rivers seem to go either way: either Mississippi River or the Mississippi River is fine with me. There does seem to be some difference between the two, but I can't articulate quite what it is.
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