Date: Thu, 1 Dec 1994 11:20:07 -0800 From: Judith Rascoe Subject: Re: "the" 101 Joan Livingston-Webber's comment that those 'grand highways' of California accrued "the" almost persuaded me -- until I thought of one of the grandest: 5, the big north-south highway from Sacramento to LA. I have _never_ heard anybody say "that the 5 ...". But that leads to the reflection that the use of the definite article always seems associated with the concept of a freeway in an urban area -- the freeway as a visible entity with its overpasses and offramps that turn it into ... a definite article, so to speak.