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#806681 - 11th Jul 2013 5:15am Daft Question
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If you're asked where you live do you say ON THE Wirral, or IN Wirral?

I've always said ON the Wirral and wonder why? Why do we put THE in front of it and are there any other areas that use this way of describing the location?

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#806690 - 11th Jul 2013 7:22am Re: Daft Question [Re: Elizabeth]
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Originally Posted By: Elizabeth
Why do we put THE in front of it


It's actually a shortening of "the Wirral peninsula"; strictly speaking, if you use "the" you should also use "peninsula", but most people these days don't.
There are many other areas which are similar: "the Highlands", "the Downs", "the Fens" come to mind.
Personally, I tend to say "in Wirral".
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#806701 - 11th Jul 2013 9:13am Re: Daft Question [Re: Elizabeth]
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I live in Upper Brighton on the Wirral Peninsula don't you know!

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#806707 - 11th Jul 2013 9:31am Re: Daft Question [Re: Elizabeth]
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To add to confussion.

Metropolitan Borough of Wirral
Metropolitan districtThe Metropolitan Borough of Wirral is a metropolitan borough of Merseyside, in North West England. It has a population of 311,200, and encompasses 60 square miles of the northern part of the Wirral Peninsula. Wikipedia

Why not 'The' Wirral in this case?
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#806918 - 11th Jul 2013 10:10pm Re: Daft Question [Re: granny]
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Originally Posted By: granny


Why not 'The' Wirral in this case?


Because then you'd need to add "peninsula"
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#807037 - 12th Jul 2013 1:30pm Re: Daft Question [Re: Elizabeth]
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'The' Asda

not 'Asdas' like the Mancs say it

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