Definite Article Streets and Highways


Rule 8.4: Do not use the definite article with the names of streets, avenues, lanes, roads, and boulevards


The Royal Ontario Museum is on Bloor Street.
Jill lives on Summerside Avenue.
Meet me on Santa Monica Boulevard at 7:00.


Rule 8.5: Use the definite article with the names of highways, parkways, freeways, expressways, and turnpikes. (Sometimes the is not used, but the use of the definite article seems to be more common)


It is much faster driving on the Glendale Freeway.
The Metropolitan Expressway is owned and operated by a private company.
The Lincoln Highway is famous for being the first road to cross the entire United States.


Rule 8.6: Do not use the definite article with the names of highways that begin with a word or letter followed by a number.


There is a speed trap on Highway 52.
U.S. Route 101 runs through California, Oregon, and Washington.
You can get to the hotel by driving along Interstate 45.


Extra! In some parts of the United States and Canada the definite article is used with the names of highways that are made up of numbers only.


The 401 always has traffic.
The 99 is a pleasant drive.
David’s car broke down on the 5.


Exercise 5: Fill in the blanks with the or Ø.