When referring to a highway or freeway by its number, do you insert the word "the" before the number? Example: "Take the 405 here," versus, "Take 405 here."
Just the number, except for I-95, in which case I say the "I." Not sure why.
Oh right! After reading Kay's comment below, I realized I say "route" before some of them. So I say "67," "Route 8," and "I-95." How strange.
That's a California thing.
I usually insert the word "eye", as in "eye five" or "eye ninety", and sometimes I'll include a direction if you have a choice, like "eye four thirty-five west" or "eye four thirty-five east". Almost never "the" though, because that's just weird.
Around here you are more likely to hear, take 196 to 96 to 75...
Situation dependent. In California I said "The 101", but here I would simply say the number. It's perhaps resultant from the local dialects involved. I would say "The 101" there because everyone did, but here no such thing exists.
Haha, I hear that everyone in L.A. says "the" before whatever highway/freeway they're talking about. Also, apparently taking the 405 is the fastest way to get anywhere.
Sure, if by "the fastest way" you mean WALKING along the 405 past all the cars stopped in traffic.
Everything is relative. At least the 405 has a carpool lane where the 5 is lacking. Especially handy when trying to get to LAX.
I love the 405. I am actually not too put off by traffic. Having lived in LA, I plan way more than enough time to get places, so I am rarely in a hurry. I also LOVE podcasts. I wish they were a thing when I was in LA.
I see your point cite. I was just exaggerating for the joke...traffic isn't even that bad if you know the times to go, like you said.
I was mostly declaring my love for the 405. I miss it. :-(
I say the word "route" first. Rt. 80.
95, 395, 495, or "the beltway"
It's a California thing that has caught on in Arizona, I think. In Oregon I would say "I-5" or "I-205" or "Highway 22" or just "217". Here in Arizona I hear it referred to as "the 10" instead of "I-10"
The only time I would ever say "the" is if I were referring to the President George Bush Turnpike and that's only sometimes. Otherwise it's "20", "30", "303", etc.
I don't like it when people call PGBT "the tollway" cause there's two other tollways in the metroplex. Dallas North Tollway is "the tollway."
Yeah, that's a west coast thing. Thought it was so weird when I moved to LA, which all the take the 101 or the 10 or the PCH. Here it's just take 74 to 75 or you might say I-75.
In Chicago the interstates are also named and it is common to hear 'the Eisenhower'
Does anyone say Eisenhower? I say Ike exclusively. Or just 290
Typically take 91 north or south - 84 east or west.
I've never heard "the 44" before. Sounds so weird to me.
I cannot say the sentence without using "the" if I don't concentrate. A lot.
I think it's definitely region based. It's just not said that way in St. Louis.
I use "the" when I'm in SoCal but not when I'm in NorCal.
That's very disciplined of you.
Haha, not really "disciplined." I just grew up one place and now live in the other, so it feels right to say "take 680" just like it feels right to say "take the 405."
The REALLY weird part is that I take THE I-5 to drive out of LA toward home in NorCal, but I just take I-5 to drive out of the Bay Area toward school down in SoCal...
Lol yes, that's kinda weird haha!
odd. my first answer was with "the" but then I stopped and thought of the roads around here and realized I don't used it. weird.
I've never lived anywhere where the "the" construction was common. I've heard it, but mostly in relation to Southern California.
I would say "the 5", like other people here. In northern California people just say "5". It's a regional thing apparently.
Yup. I get made fun of when I say the now, it's hard to break that habit after living in so cal for so long.
I live close to San Francisco and they say "the" 101. I hate it. I moved there a year ago and still don't say "the" 101.
Lol I was going to say I've only ever heard it on that SNL soap opera spoof about the southern Californians.
Makes no odds here, but in the UK we would say "the M6" etc. Well, at least in my part of the UK...
Where about in the north are you now, Inge?
I'm in the Sacramento area.
I've heard it's a bit dull there, but that must be false if you're there to liven things up!
Not using "the" is so alien to me that I cannot be sure of the grammatical structure of the second sentence. It looked wrong no matter how I wrote it.
That sounds as weird to me as if you had told me to look something up on "the Google".