The with Geographical Features

Recognize natural land forms that are marked with the

 

 

 

The is used before some geographical features:

WATER LAND FEATURES LAND REGIONS

canals

peninsulas

territories

regions

rivers

deserts

zones

poles

bays¹

mountain ranges

areas

equator

gulfs

forests

straits

West

seas

plains

isthmus

South

oceans

plateaus

capes

North

channels

valleys

islands

East

 

 

The is not with these geographical features

lakes

mounts / peaks

canyons

island (singular)

 

 

 

Bays

NO ARTICLE

No article is used before the formal name of a bay, especially when the bay is named after a person.

San Francisco Bay

Paradise Bay

San Diego Bay

Bay of Bengal

Santa Monica Bay

Elliott Bay

Drakes Bay

Chesapeake By

THE

The is included with some formal names, and before a bay of ___ (city name).              

*the San Francisco Bay (Area)

the bay of Izmir

the Bay of Pigs

the bay of Baracoa

the Bay of Biscay

the bay at San Sebastián

 

 

 

*San Francisco Bay is located in the U.S. state of California, surrounded by a contiguous region known as the San Francisco Bay Area (often simply "the Bay Area"), dominated by the large cities San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. The waterway entrance to San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean is called the Golden Gate. Across the strait spans the Golden Gate Bridge.

Wikipedia contributors. "San Francisco Bay." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 31 Oct. 2012. Web. 27 Nov. 2012.

"Geography of the U.S." http://teams.lacoe.edu/documentation/classrooms/angie/geographer/activities/features/features.html (This is a practice for identifying geographical features.)

 

 

 

 

 

Practice 1

Articles with Geographical Features

 

 

 

Decide whether to use "the" with the geographical feature.

  1. Select the response from the list that best completes the sentence. 
  2. Compare your response to the feedback by clicking the "check" button.

 

1.
Chicago River picture

2.
Rocky Mountains picture

3.
Mojave Desert picture and portions of Nevada, Arizona and Utah, occupies more than 25,000 square miles.

4.
Pacific Ocean picture it is also the world's largest single physical feature.

5.
Canal to allow ships to pass through the isthmus of the Peloponnese.

6.
Mediterranean Sea

7.
west coast

8.
Bay Area Satellite

Note:
He swims in San Francisco Bay. (proper name)
He swims in the San Francisco bay. (
the is used with bay)

9.
peninsula

10.
peninsula

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Practice 2

Others

 

 

 

Decide whether to use "the" with the geographical feature.

  1. Select the response from the list that best completes the sentence. 
  2. Compare your response to the feedback by clicking the "check" button.

 

11.
Mount St Helens erupted with the force of a nuclear explosion on May 18, 1980.

Also: Mount Whitney, Mount Everest, Mount Olympus

12.
tahoe is located on the border between California and Nevada.

Also: Lake Geneva, Lake Titicaca

13.
Alcatraz island is in San Francisco Bay.

14.
Bryce Canyon

Also: Grand Canyon, Crow Canyon

15.
San Francisco Bay


But not:  "The Bay of Pigs" (La Batalla de Girón, or Playa Girón in Cuba)