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What is the grammar rule to keep the in front names of rivers?

Koshi is the largest river of Nepal. OR The Koshi is the largest river of Nepal.

Are there conditions when definite article may not be used with the name of rivers?

Explain with rules if there is any.

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  • 7 years ago
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    The word "the" is called "the definite article" in grammatically correct English jargon. It means something very specific. If you say "The Eiffel Tower" then it means that big chunk of girders in Paris. The "indefinite article" is the word "a". If you say "A (or an) Eiffel Tower" then it could mean the real one or a model or a picture or some representation of the Eiffel Tower.

    The Nile is specific to the river in Africa; the Koshi is specific to a river in Nepal. If you just use "Nile" then people will assume that you "might" mean the river or there could be a word "nile" that they haven't heard of.

    The rule, if such a thing exists, is to make the information definite and specific when communicating. In these cases I would use "the" as a definite pointer to a specific item.

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  • 7 years ago

    The Koshi River is the largest river in Nepal.

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