Welcome to 15mins.today the home of English Shadowing. I'm your host Gavin and this is In-Tense Episode 34. And today we are continuing with our use of the definite article “the.” And today we're going to be looking at something quite simple, the names of companies.
Now just like people's names, when we use company names we do not put “the” in front of it, unless the company has “the” in its name. So, if the company is called The Bike Shop it will be called The Bike Shop. Now the only exception I know to this rule would be hotels, because usually what happens if you look at Taipei city we have one Regent Hotel so, “I'm going to the Regent.” Because there is one specific Regent Hotel, if we had 10 Holiday Inns, then we could say, “I'm going to a Holiday Inn. Which one? Oh, the one next to the airport.” Because we have one big airport again, so with company names no “the.”
So think about it, the only exception is hotels, because we have usually have one of those, so the Seven Seas Hotel, the Ambassador Hotel, the Hyatt, the Caesar Park, the Hilton Hotel. Otherwise for other companies no, “I work for Asus. I work for Acer. I work for IBM.” Great, very simple let's get started with our questions.
Does Jane work for Asus? Yes, she works for Asus.
Does Jane work for Asus? No, she does not work for Asus.
Do you like Microsoft? Yes, I like Microsoft.
Do you like Microsoft? No, I do not like Microsoft.
Does Apple sell expensive products? Yes, Apple sells expensive products.
Does Apple sell expensive products? No, Apple does not sell expensive products.
Is Asus a Taiwanese company? Yes, Asus is a Taiwanese company.
Is Asus a Taiwanese company? No, Asus is not a Taiwanese company.
Does Toyota make good cars? Yes, Toyota makes good cars.
Does Toyota make good cars? No, Toyota does not make good cars.
Do you own a Seiko watch? Yes, I own a Seiko watch.
Do you own a Seiko watch? No, I do not own a Seiko watch.
Will John and Mary be staying at the Brother Hotel? Yes, they will be staying at the Brother Hotel.
Will John and Mary be staying at the Brother Hotel? No, they will not be staying at the Brother Hotel.
Have you ever stayed at The Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong? Yes, I have stayed at The Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong.
Have you ever stayed at The Four Seasons hotel in Hong Kong? No, I have never stayed at The Four Seasons hotel in Hong Kong.
Do you work for Samsung? Yes, I work for Samsung.
Do you work for Samsung? No, I do not work for Samsung.
Well, there you go guys. I hope that helps, so don't forget usually for companies no “the,” unless the company has “The” in its name, except for hotels and that's only for hotels that do not have many branches in a city. So, have a great time and keep practicing, bye!