Articles drive students of English crazy. How can you learn to use them correctly?
Practice, my grasshopper, practice.
Learn the rules. Here's one:
Museums use "the":
I've been to the de Young Museum many times.
It was great living just ten minutes away from one of the best museums in San Francisco. Yuki and I went to a bunch of terrific exhibits, including the Gilbert and George exhibition and the Chihuly exhibition:
The tower of the de Young also has a great view of the western part of San Francisco. If it's a foggy day, you can admire the photo mural instead:
Nope, this photo wasn't taken on a foggy day.
My favorite museum in Japan is the Hakone Open-Air Museum. It's a bit out of the way, which makes it an even more worthwhile trip. I've only been there once, and I would love to go again.
Museums with nicknames also use "the." For example, the Met is the biggest museum in New York City. Just about every time I go there, I start in the cluster of rooms that contains Masterpieces of Western Art and I get exhausted making my way through them.
A nickname that doesn't use "the" is MoMA. It stands for the Museum of Modern Art. New York has a MoMA. So does San Francisco. Do you know of any other MoMAs?
Parks don't use "the":
Golden Gate Park is the biggest park in San Francisco.
Did you know that buffaloes live in Golden Gate Park? Or that you can play golf there...
Yuki's mom is approaching the tee!
...and a get a good BBQ sandwich? Right, Phil? Next time, let's try the BBQ ribs.
The U.S. has a bunch of great national parks. I've been to a number of them. Yuki and I saw Yosemite National Park and Zion National Park. Joe and I hiked in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Which one do you like better, Yuki?
Yuki in action in front of El Capitan in Yosemite.
Do you have a favorite park or museum?