“We visited the Mexico on our vacation last year.”

2013-10-11Why wrong: The definite article (“the”) is not used for streets, cities, provinces, states, countries, continents, mountains, islands, lakes or bays unless they are plural (the United States, the Alps or the Maritimes).  When a country, state or province has a city that bears the same name, the word “City” is used afterwards (e.g. Mexico City, Panama City, Quebec City.)  To be taken seriously…

Correct it: When speaking of singular streets, cities, provinces, states, countries, continents, mountains, islands, lakes or bays, don’t use the definite article (“the”). “We visited Mexico on our vacation last year.”

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“Ottawa is the capital of the Canada.”

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Why wrong: The definite article (“the”) is not used for streets, cities, provinces, states, countries, continents, mountains, islands, lakes or bays unless they are plural (the United States, the Alps or the Maritimes).  To be taken seriously…

Correct it: When speaking of singular streets, cities, provinces, states, countries, continents, mountains, islands, lakes or bays, don’t use the definite article (“the”). “Ottawa is the capital of Canada.”

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“The time is the money.”

Time MoneyHands Covering HeadWhy wrong: The definite article (“the”) is used for things that are specific, not general. For more information, click here.  To be taken seriously…

Correct it: When speaking generally, don’t use the definite article (“the“) Say “Time is money.”

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“Montreal is the biggest city in the Quebec.”

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Correct it:  When speaking of singular streets, cities, provinces, states, countries, continents, mountains, islands, lakes or bays, don’t use the definite article (“the“).  Montreal is the biggest city in Quebec.

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