Why do we put the word THE in front of Bronx or Hospital?

It doesn't make sense but it doesn't feel right t leave it out either.

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  • Mamie
    Lv 7
    3 months ago
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    To say "the hospital" is convention in America.  In other English-speaking countries, perhaps not.

    Here's the story on why we say "the Bronx":  in colonial times, the area was first settled (and controlled) by the Dutch.  There was a large land-owner in an area that is just north of what is now Manhattan.  The family name was Broncks.  So people would go to the Broncks, just like people today go to the Smiths or to the Browns.  The spelling of the name changed over time, but the convention of saying "the Bronx" remains.

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  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

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  • 3 months ago

    a proper adjective,it makes sense to us'ns

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  • RP
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    The often serves the purpose of making the noun more specific, as opposed to a medical center or whatever.

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  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    The neighbourhood's name is "the Bronx", not "Bronx".

    We don't say "the Paris"

    We say THE hospital because you know WHICH hospital we mean.

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  • edward
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    English has no rhyme or reason for the way it is

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  • Stella
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    It's just a convention.

    In America we say someone has gone to the hospital or is attending a university.

    In England they say someone has gone to hospital or is attending university.

    If you grew up hearing it a certain way it sounds wrong to hear it a different way.

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  • Carson
    Lv 6
    3 months ago

    Who is this "we" you speak of?

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  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    Lots of English makes no sense, it just is that way.

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  • 3 months ago

    That is a very stupid question 

    • Rick3 months agoReport

      Said the idiot.

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