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173 Comments on “When to use ‘THE’ with names of seas, oceans, and rivers”


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You got 10 correct out of 10.
:D

^ Yeeeeees !!
THank you Dr.ALeX ^_^

Wednesday, December 19th 2012

    No problem!

    Wednesday, December 19th 2012

      thank you so much

      Saturday, December 22nd 2012

      Hello,mr.Alex I got 100
      thank you for a wounderful lesson you are alway good teacher God bless you

      Monday, December 24th 2012

      Respected Professor,

      I have a question about one sentence from the quiz. I feel “the” article should have been used before north of Poland.Awaiting your reply.

      Greetings from India

      Sunday, January 5th 2014

    I am interested , thanks

    Saturday, December 22nd 2012

    I got also 10 out of 10 to

    Tuesday, December 25th 2012

thank you soooooooo Much

Wednesday, December 19th 2012

    Thanks

    Wednesday, December 19th 2012

    You’re welcome!

    Wednesday, December 19th 2012

Thankyou so much ,you are very kind pepole

Wednesday, December 19th 2012

thanks so much Alex , you are so kind .

Wednesday, December 19th 2012

    Thank you. I hope you found the lesson to be useful.

    Wednesday, December 19th 2012

thank you for this important lesson.

Wednesday, December 19th 2012

thanx

Wednesday, December 19th 2012

    Any time! Thanks for clicking!

    Wednesday, December 19th 2012

wow..
I’v never understand this grammer befor in such a clear way.
Thank you so so much.

Wednesday, December 19th 2012

It helped! Thank you so much.

Wednesday, December 19th 2012

thanks ^^

Wednesday, December 19th 2012

The transcripts of these great classes should exist

Wednesday, December 19th 2012

100You got 10 correct out of 10.
:D

Wednesday, December 19th 2012

very useful…..the lesson is very clearly and help me very much.

Wednesday, December 19th 2012

    You’re welcome!

    Just remember: we say, “The lesson was very clear.”

    Clear is an adjective. It can modify a noun.
    Clearly is an adverb. It can modify a verb, adjective, or another adverb.

    “I can see clearly” is okay because “see” is a verb.

    “The lesson is clearly” is not okay because “the lesson” is a noun and it needs an adjective.

    Wednesday, December 19th 2012

      Thank you Alex, I hope this is not the last lesson, you know, tomorow is 12/21/2012. :)

      Wednesday, December 19th 2012

      that`s right, i have a mistake.Thank you ,Alex

      Wednesday, December 19th 2012

      ohh, Thanh you very much Mr Alex. It’s help me so much. You are enthusiastic teacher.

      Thursday, December 20th 2012

Thank you Alex;)

From Shibuya.

Wednesday, December 19th 2012

Dear Alex,
I am a Pharmacist. Actually I live in the USA but I am in back and forth,despite my country where I am very busy in, when I am in the USA I do have a lot of time and I fill mostly my free time with completing my English considering that’Sky’s the limit’.
I owe a big thank you to all your cast, the lessons are useful and personally I learned a lot from this site, you are very polite and you have a down to earth personality which is very appreciable. Good luck for what you are doing and thanks again

Wednesday, December 19th 2012

Very good lesso , thank you

Wednesday, December 19th 2012

nice one! new learning! its a necessity to know it..

Wednesday, December 19th 2012

Did you get my message?

Wednesday, December 19th 2012

Do we use the on beach like virgia beach or the virginia beach?beach is a part of ocean so acording to the lesson obove we should say ( the virgiia beach)but it sounds very weird.

Thursday, December 20th 2012

MANY THANKS. I WOULD LIKE TO EXPLAINE LOOK FOR, LOOK AFTER AND LOOK OUT PLEASE IF DO NOT MINDE.

Thursday, December 20th 2012

    Look for = to search (“I’m looking for a new apartment.”

    Look after = to take care of (“I’m looking after my baby brother tonight.”

    Look out = pay attention (usually used as an imperative…”Look out for that car!”)

    Thursday, December 20th 2012

      Dear ALEX! It is very good explanation. SHORT AND CLEAR

      Saturday, July 20th 2013

Thank you for the lesson, I keep improve English, helped for engVid course, and all the teachers, they are fabulous.

Thursday, December 20th 2012

Thanhks Mr.Alex. I like you

Thursday, December 20th 2012

Thanks!

Thursday, December 20th 2012

like

Thursday, December 20th 2012

Hi Alex! Thanks for video! Lake Geneva goes without articles, but If I mentioned about Lake Geneva before in conversation! Can I say?: I saw Lake Geneva yesterday. The/… Lake Geneva is beautiful.

Thursday, December 20th 2012

    You can simply say:

    “I saw Lake Geneva yesterday. The lake is beautiful.”

    I checked it on eng wikipedia, and there is no such a thing like “the lake Geneva” — there is only “the lake” or “lake Geneva”. xD

    Thursday, December 20th 2012

Interesting topic, instead.

Thursday, December 20th 2012

yes i did it

Thursday, December 20th 2012

That was a piece of cake.
Thanks.

Thursday, December 20th 2012

thank mr allex , for your lesson

Thursday, December 20th 2012

Thanks Alex, the video are very interesting.

Thursday, December 20th 2012

gorgeous Alex ,,,, extremely informative
thanks a bundle xD xD

Thursday, December 20th 2012

Hi Alex, I don’t understand one thing about a question in the Quiz. If the Caspian Sea isn’t is a sea, and I knew it, then, why I must say “The” Caspian Sea?
Regards from Tenerife,

Thursday, December 20th 2012

Thank you so much Alex! I have know more English now..

Thursday, December 20th 2012

Hi Alex, as usual, you are very kind and your lesson is clear. You have helped me a lot! I like your way of teaching. Thank you very much!

Thursday, December 20th 2012

    Not a problem! Thank you very much!

    Thursday, December 20th 2012

You got 10 correct out of 10.
:D
thanks

Thursday, December 20th 2012

Good,thank you very much

Thursday, December 20th 2012

Thank you teacher Alex.

Thursday, December 20th 2012

It’s very clear so I can understand easily..thank you so much

Thursday, December 20th 2012

Thank you, Alex!

Alex, it would be nice if you added a lesson on using “the” or zero article with posts, for example, President, Director, Director General and so on.

Thursday, December 20th 2012

very helpful thanks!!

Thursday, December 20th 2012

tank you for all teachers because lessons are very good

Thursday, December 20th 2012

No problem with this lesson.
Only Lakes and waterfalls without the, but why?
That’s English.

Thursday, December 20th 2012

hello DR alex
for this lesson but I don’t understand why you don’t use “the ” in lakes and waterfall I wante to understand the cause of useing and don’t useing ” the” in this words

Thursday, December 20th 2012

Thanks

Thursday, December 20th 2012

wohoooooooo, I got 100 :D thanks!

Thursday, December 20th 2012

thanks, Alex. very helpful lesson. bye

Thursday, December 20th 2012

Thanks a lot, Alex, with this lesson I want to improve each time my English…..

Thursday, December 20th 2012

guys guys I heard some nonsense
about the end of the word and,, the apocalypse and such these things
21/12/2012 ^^^THE END OF THE WORLD ^^^
Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha * read this to know more
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/20/world/asia/doomsday-chatter-makes-chinese-government-nervous.html?ref=world

oh my gosh ,,,,,, really some Chinese people get maniac .

Thursday, December 20th 2012

Is there any rule to not use “the” before lakes and waterfalls names?

Thursday, December 20th 2012

    We can use “the” if we’re talking about a body/group of lakes. For example, “the great lakes” in Ontario, Canada. Generally, if the lake has a proper name, we omit “the.” For rivers with proper names, we keep “the.”

    The Mississippi/The Nile/The St. Lawrence/The Seine/The Ganges/The Thames/The Amazon/etc.

    Thursday, December 20th 2012

      ALex did ^^the^^ with oceans and river and sea
      consider as determiner ,, or it`s a part of the name .

      Thursday, December 20th 2012

      gooooooood lesson. you’re the best teacher. you can explane very clearly

      Wednesday, March 13th 2013

Thanks Alex for this lesson.
It was very clear and helpfull…….

Thursday, December 20th 2012

it seems im perfect at this.

Thursday, December 20th 2012

thanks for your replay Alex , i want you to make lessons for TOEFL if you can because i am so confused and nervous for the test please try to help me .
have a good day mister

Thursday, December 20th 2012

Dear Alex!

Could you tell if the following sentence is correct?
“I’ve already visited Ontario two times.”

I shouldn’t use “the” before Ontario, should I?

Thursday, December 20th 2012

    That’s correct. :)

    Friday, December 21st 2012

Thanks Alex for this lesson and we look forward for the follow up on the street names, shops so on so forth. I’ve noticed that you have very few ads on your site. You should increase the revenue from this site, since you are creating a lot of value for us, meaning we will always come back!! Regards!

Thursday, December 20th 2012

Thank you very much Alex.
This lesson was very useful because it talked about a very important rule in English.
catch you later.

Thursday, December 20th 2012

thanks alot

Thursday, December 20th 2012

Thanks Alex you’re a good teacher ,have a great day .

Thursday, December 20th 2012

The article’s lesson was useful. I learnt one more thing. Thank you.

Thursday, December 20th 2012

It was a lesson of useful. Thanks.

Thursday, December 20th 2012

This is “the” exact problems I have for many years and I couldn’t figure it out. I can imagine if I’m master in “the”, then I am confident English writing. Pls, Alex help us to master in the article “the”, this is very very complicated and hard. This is always confused. Please bring more examples and explanation on this topic and help us to clear 100%, and teach us how to improve / master in this topic.
Thanks.

Friday, December 21st 2012

thank you
j’m new

Friday, December 21st 2012

Thanks a lot for your explaination. Making the quizz I saw something. You write Indian ocean but not Geneva lake… So, when it is Indian ocean you have to put “the” before an when you write lake Geneva you needn’t “the”. It’s because lake is before Geneva.
I don’t know if I am clear…

Friday, December 21st 2012

Thank you for this lesson

Friday, December 21st 2012

This is it! an easy and simple way to master English!

Friday, December 21st 2012

Thanks for the class…

Friday, December 21st 2012

It has always been my weak point, but thanks to your lesson it is clear for me now! Thank YOU, Alex, very much! Best regards!

Friday, December 21st 2012

Thanks!
I’m from Poland. I like THE Baltic Sea ;)

Friday, December 21st 2012

hello Alex, I’m new here, I just want say thank you for wonderful lessons

Friday, December 21st 2012

Thank you all teachers of EngVid, I enjoy your lessons

Friday, December 21st 2012

Thanx for information

Friday, December 21st 2012

tks Mr. Alex, interessting class

Friday, December 21st 2012

I have a problem with the words who and whom i do not know when to use one of them could you help me please I am waiting for answer

Friday, December 21st 2012

    The rule is that you use “whom” when you’re talking about the object of the sentence. The quick way is to see if “he” or “him” sounds right. If it’s “him”, you should use “whom”.

    For example: “I got a letter!” “From who/whom?” You’d say “from him”, not “from he”—so it should be From whom?

    In spoken or casual English, or if you’re not sure what to use, just say “who”. Chances are that someone will correct you if you’re wrong, and end up sounding pedantic because *whispers* most people don’t really care. “From who?” is technically wrong, but to a native speaker it sounds normal.

    Here’s a more detailed lesson on pronouns like who and whom.

    Sunday, December 23rd 2012

    I don’t use “whom” at all. :)

    Thursday, December 27th 2012

Articles are always very troublesome. We can only build up a little at a time. Whenever I watch engvid I can add some to my English. Thanks endvid and all the teachers and staff. Happy holidays.

Friday, December 21st 2012

thank you for your teaching. very useful for me.

Saturday, December 22nd 2012

You got 10 correct out of 10.
:D

Saturday, December 22nd 2012

Thank you!

Saturday, December 22nd 2012

Thanks, your lessons are very clear…

Saturday, December 22nd 2012

(First time posting)
Hello Mr. Alex.
First of all, I wanna thank u for all work u’ve made. it’s awesome. i daresay u’re the best teacher on engvid, i mean the way explain is the best one. but anyway…

I looked for anything that relates “Can’t help” in grammar section but didn’t find anything
My groupmates and I were discussing how to use “can’t help” with gerunds and infinitives.
While browsing the web, I’ve mostly encountered the gerund usage.
However, I happen to see a discussion thread from one website stating infinitive uses.

I am confused
I can’t help doing
means I cannot refrain/prevent myself from doing… (this one I am sure)

I need help with these 7 sentences
1) I can’t help do the dishes (means – i can’t help with this action?)
2) I can’t help to do the dishes (is this even legal?)
3) I can’t help her do the dishes (I can’t help her with doing the dishes?)
4) I can’t help her to do the dishes (not legal right?)
5) I can’t help but to do the dishes
6) I can’t help but doing the dishes
7) I can’t help but do the dishes

Which of these sentences are legal and what do they mean?

Please help me with this. (personally, I prefer using gerund with can’t help or use [can't help but + V])

By the way it’d be nice if u make a lesson on it with title like:

Can’t help doing vs Can’t doing

Saturday, December 22nd 2012

Hey!! Great Class! I want to be a great teacher like you !

Sunday, December 23rd 2012

I got 100%

thank you very much mr.Alex

Sunday, December 23rd 2012

I got 100

Your accent is best such as emma, rebecca, john and adm.

Thank you teacher i love you.

Sunday, December 23rd 2012

thank mr allex , for your lesson

Tuesday, December 25th 2012

Please,
How can I get the had copy of your lesson?

Tuesday, December 25th 2012

Hi Alex. I have a doubt about the following: Why I use the word lake before the name of the lakes, but I use the words ocean or river after the name of them? Thanks Alesx.

Wednesday, December 26th 2012

I’ve got 10 correct out of 10, yes!

Wednesday, December 26th 2012

9/10 :)

Thursday, December 27th 2012

Thanks for the useful lesson. I’ve got 10/10. Don’t you mind if I ask you when to use “bored” and ” boring”? Thanks again!

Thursday, December 27th 2012

I have 10 correct out of 10

Thursday, December 27th 2012

muchas gracias!

Thursday, December 27th 2012

thank you so much Alex

Saturday, December 29th 2012

Alex, I learned a lot with your lessons…I made all exercices…thanks

Saturday, December 29th 2012

thank you xo xo much

Sunday, December 30th 2012

You got 10 correct out of 10.
:D

Tuesday, January 1st 2013

I like the way you teach because you are naturally talented

Tuesday, January 1st 2013

THanx a lot, Alex. But I’ve got a question about THE with THE NAMES OF lakes. When we say ‘Lake Bajkal’ we don’t use the article, but we say ‘Baikal is the deepest lake in th world’? should we use THE BAYKAL?

Wednesday, January 2nd 2013

    You used `the` to modify the adjective `deepest,` which just makes a superlative and does not relate to the lake.

    Thursday, January 3rd 2013

I really enjoyed your way of teaching and gave all correct answers.Please send the feedback to encourage me for English is not my native tongue.I am glad to be encouraged and helped at the same time Mr.Alex.
Regards.
Fazl-e-Rabbi

Wednesday, January 2nd 2013

thank you for explaning “THE” I got 10 correct out of 10

Thursday, January 3rd 2013

I don’t know why Ican’t receive your lessones ? could you help me ?

Thursday, January 3rd 2013

i usually say Toba Lake, a famous lake in Indonesia. I just know that Lake Toba. Is it correct?

Friday, January 4th 2013

Hey alex, thank you very much.
i got 9, hehe

Friday, January 4th 2013

Thanks Alex, you expain very clear.

Friday, January 4th 2013

thank you. very well explained!

Saturday, January 5th 2013

Thank you very much for the information.

Sunday, January 6th 2013

Dear EngVID it is really nice thanks a lot for your support

Monday, January 7th 2013

Alex, thanks a lot. The use of THE articule in this context is now very clear for me.

Monday, January 7th 2013

Thanks you all lesson

Wednesday, January 9th 2013

thanks Alex for this short and sweet lessons.I’ve got 10 correct out of 10 .

Saturday, January 12th 2013

thank you so much you a best teac me perfect

Monday, January 14th 2013

thank you; you are really a great teacher

Monday, January 14th 2013

Thank you ^^

Monday, January 21st 2013

I´m very satisfied with these lessons, for I have improved a lot. just to assess my progress I made a test in the site of Englishtown and got the grades: 70 for grammar, 80 for listening and 80 for reading. next time I try I hope to get grades enough to be considered advanced.

Wednesday, January 30th 2013

:( Sorry, Mr.Alex, I haven’t got this lesson, I’ll watch it again and again until I understood.

Thursday, January 31st 2013

Hi, Alex – thank you so much at the lessons. But I am a beginner and wery slowly /old/ E.student. God bless You and God bless the Queen ! bye Steve

Friday, February 1st 2013

Thank you so much,Alex! It’s very useful.

Friday, February 8th 2013

Thanks Alex for this useful lesson.
I am learning a lot with the remarks made by the students. All The comments are helping me to increase my knowledge.

Friday, February 8th 2013

That was a good lesson! Tks, teacher Alex

Sunday, February 10th 2013

hello sir , i am always confuse about the word ” would” could you advice me about it sir please.

Monday, February 18th 2013

Dear mam..
i hope you’d like to help me with this prob which is irrelevant to this lesson..this is a very important grammar point which nobody of my friends could explain of…

mam i know how to use ”where”with other ways..

how to use where with words like these??

1 That is the RELATIONSHIP where one thing makes a change in another.

2 if you have gone to a WEBSITE where you have to create an account for yourself..

3 This procedure should be followed in CASES where dishonesty has been alleged.

4 Due to the volume of emails we receive we are unable to respond to the EMAILS where the answer can be found on our web site itself.

5 I got to the STAGE where I wasn’t coping any more.

These are a few sentences i have a lot..please explain to me with some of your own sentences how to use ”where” with these words.

THANKING YOU

ROYSTAN

Tuesday, March 5th 2013

Hi Alex,
There is one exception of the rules inside the test which mislead the person who makes the test. Actually The Dead Sea is not a sea. It’s a lake near Jordan and Israel. If we follow the rules we shouldn’t put “The” in front of The Dead sea :)

Wednesday, March 20th 2013

    You’re right, it isn’t really a sea! But because we call it a sea, we have to follow the rules.

    (I have always wanted to swim in the Dead Sea, which I’ve read is so salty that you just float on top.)

    Friday, March 22nd 2013

thank you, Alex,I’ve enjoyed watching this video. By the way, it was a discovery for me, that we should use the names of waterfalls without any articles, as I thought we considered them to be a part of the water surface, so thanks for the clarification. By the way, could you help me, what if when naming a lake we omit this very word “lake”, like : “I’ve never swimmed in the Baikal”. In this case should we put the article? thanks for your respond in advance:)

Wednesday, March 27th 2013

grrrr.. i got 8 out of 10 . i’m poor for english language

Sunday, March 31st 2013

Yes Alex,sure I got 100 % and I am enjoy because have finished Gjeography University.

Wednesday, May 22nd 2013

geography….(sorry)

Wednesday, May 22nd 2013

thanks i am getting confident… thanks a lot..

Monday, May 27th 2013

100% Thank you teacher!!

Friday, June 21st 2013

Hello teacher I had a doubt about this, since today I don’t have more!I thank you for that great job!

Sunday, June 23rd 2013

Thank you! Articles are always confusing for me ((

Friday, June 28th 2013

5. Which sentence is correct?
1.Toronto overlooks Lake Ontario.
2.Toronto overlooks the Lake Ontario.
how “the” used above 2nd sentence?
sir reply must

Wednesday, July 3rd 2013

Thanks Alex. good work…

Wednesday, July 17th 2013

as usually – many thanks for teacher and all team of ENGVID

Saturday, July 20th 2013

hmmmm good job,,, Gb ^_^

Wednesday, August 14th 2013

that was a very good lesson! i got 10 :) thanks teacher Alex..

Saturday, August 17th 2013

thanks…we use ‘the’ very popularly. i think your lesson help me very much.

Thursday, September 19th 2013

hi, I like your lesson but I have a question.
The deepest lake in the world is THE Lake Baikal in Russia.
don’t we use THE+adjective+est with superlative? why it’s wrong??

Sunday, September 22nd 2013

My score was 100%. Ya~y! Thank you Alex :D

Wednesday, October 2nd 2013

thx Alex ,the lesoon was very clear

Wednesday, December 11th 2013

I got 10 correct out of 10. :D

Monday, January 13th 2014

Thanks sir I got 90% because I do not know about Nile. It is a river in northeastern Africa. Now I have known.

Tuesday, January 14th 2014

I’ve got almost 9 out of 10.
Aha! We use ‘Dead sea’ without THE.
Thanks Alex! ;-D

Wednesday, January 22nd 2014

Thank u Alex, I’ve got 9 out of 10…… get in progress!!

Thursday, February 13th 2014

I had a dificult to write a email today with this exaclty problem. It help me so muck. Thank you Alex :D

Saturday, March 1st 2014

thank you))))

Sunday, April 27th 2014

thanks a lot Alex, I got 90% from 10 question

Monday, April 28th 2014

Thanks Alex!!!!!

Tuesday, July 22nd 2014

Hello Alex may I say I would like to visit Geneva laks or Geneva,s lake ?????

Friday, August 15th 2014

informative lesson, i have 100%

Wednesday, September 17th 2014
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