Articles: “the”
                                     Rules for using the with proper nouns

no “the”

the

Countries

      EX: France, India

Countries with United, Union, or Republic in the name

      EX: the United States

Countries with plural forms:

      EX: the Philippines

             the Netherlands

 

 

Cities, states

      EX: Rome, Vermont

States with “of”
      EX : the State of Vermont 

 

 

Continents

      EX: Africa, Asia

Geographical areas
      EX : the Middle East

 

 

Lakes

      EX : Lake Champlain

Rivers, seas, oceans, canals, gulfs

      EX :  the Mississippi River
               the Mediterranean Sea

               the Pacific Ocean

               the Suez Canal

               the Gulf of Mexico

 

 

Islands: singular

      EX: Wake Island

Islands: plural
      EX: the Canary Islands

 

 

Colleges, universities

      EX:  MIT
              Harvard University
              Saint Michael’s College

Universities with “of” in the name

      EX: the University of Vermont

 

 

Buildings with “hall” in the name

      EX: Jeanmarie Hall

Famous buildings and museums

      EX: the Empire State Building

             the Louvre Museum

 

 

Streets

       EX: Fifth Avenue

              Babcock Street

              Sunset Boulevard

Deserts

      EX: the Sahara Desert

             the Gobi Desert

 

 

Mountains: singular

       EX: Mount Mansfield

              Mount Everest

Mountains: plural (mountain ranges)

       EX: the Rocky Mountains

              the Green Mountains

              the Appalachians

  2010: Christine Bauer-Ramazani; last updated: July 09, 2017