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Old 08-06-2012, 07:54 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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WARNING: silly thread ahead.

There's a definite dividing line in California between the people who refer to, for example, US 101 as "the" 101, and those who just say "101." SoCal people say "the," NorCal people don't.

What about you folks in the middle? Is it "the" 99 or just "99"? Where, in other words, is that dividing line?

And although I said this thread was silly, some people contemplating a move to SLO or Fresno might actually find this useful in their attempts to fit in. It's a terrible faux pas here in the Bay Area to say "the" 580 or "the" 280.
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:06 PM
 
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Depends on the context of the conversation.

Go north on I5 till you get to The 120 and take it east to 99.

Oh yeah I commute on I5 every day.

Damn the traffic was horrible on the 205.
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Old 08-06-2012, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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I think most people in CA use the in the context of proper English and not part of the name.
As such Gibson mandolins often have "The Gibson" inlaid in the headstock, not even used in the Gibson name. It was a trend of grandiose to say "The Gibson".

We are aware that many east coast people can not be bothered to even pronounce a car in full saying it like "I am goin to tak ta Ca."

So it appears many people on the left coast just use proper English by saying "I am going to take the car to the I5 freeway". The use of "the" is not a title just one used properly.

This is much like one very old beat to death thread already here in the CA forum.
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Old 08-07-2012, 02:38 AM
 
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I usually say I5 and highway 99.
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Old 08-07-2012, 01:41 PM
 
Location: California
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I get on the 101 to go to LA or SF.
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:17 AM
 
Location: I'm around town...
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I'm a Central California native and I never say "the" before a highway number.
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:33 AM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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We have hicks even up here!
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Old 08-08-2012, 05:58 AM
 
Location: Clovis Strong, NM
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I usually say "the" followed by the number when referring to interstates in general.
However, I'll usually include the state or US abbreviation and then the number for when it's a state or US highway.
Too many of those around to get confused with another.
Good example would be my description of a bulk paper load going from PDX to Kingman and my utter avoidance of using the dreaded 5.

"I took the 5-south to the OR-58W and then hopped on US-97S. Took that to the OR-39S/CA-139S, then jumped on the CA-299S and then hopped on the US-395S. Hit Reno and hopped on the 80E and then jumped on the US-95S on down to Kingman."

Though I've also noticed that many people from east of the Rockies tend to use "I" or "Interstate" when referring to any particular freeway.
That always makes me raise the brow a tad.
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:01 AM
 
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I'm a Central California native and I never say "the" before a highway number.
I guarantee you say "the" depending on the context of the conversation. You just don't realize it.

Unless you have failed every English class since 3rd grade.
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:26 AM
 
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I rarely use "The" to refer to a highway when I do it is usually to be humerous. Just like when I say I am going to "The" walmart.
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