extension of "the"
clements at indiana.edu
Fri Aug 27 15:47:19 UTC 2004
Does anyone know of any studies on the extension of the use of "the". In
her home town (Stafford VA), a student of mine noted that "the" can be
--With most acronyms
I have the AOL.
She has the SARS.
I like the coffee/the candy. (to refer to all coffee or candy)
--With many proper place names. These tend to be specific references,
especially the store names. If my friend told me she was going to "the
Pier 1," I would understand that she meant the Pier 1 in Central Park.
We are going to the Nashville.
I'm in the Target.
He bought it at the Pier 1.
I have heard it reported with abstract nouns, as in
I have the diabetes
and a colleague of mine in Fort Wayne IN reported hearing it from his
Any leads would be most welcome. If there's interest, I'll write up a
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