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    McDonald's or a McDonald's

    When you want to go eat hamburgers at a Mcdonald's restaurant with your friends, what do you say?
    1) Let's go to a Mcdonald's.
    or
    2) Let's go to Mcdonald's.

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    Re: Mcdonald's or a Mcdonald's

    I would use 2) most often, but you definitely hear 1) in the USA also.

    P.S. They like it to be "McDonald's" (the company).
    Last edited by perpend; 3rd May 2013 at 7:50 AM.

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    Re: Mcdonald's or a Mcdonald's

    If I knew where the McDonald's was, I would say the second, "Let's go to McDonald's."

    If I didn't know where one was or we would have to decide which one to go to, I would say the first, "Let's go to a McDonald's."

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    Re: Mcdonald's or a Mcdonald's

    I you knew which McDonald's the speaker was referring to and you knew where it was, wouldn't you rather say, "Let's go to the McDonald's instead of McDonald's without the?"

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    Re: McDonald's or a McDonald's

    No. But if you were so unfortunate as to have several nearby, you might say, for example "Let's go to the McDonald's on the by-pass and not the McDonald's near the station."

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    Re: Mcdonald's or a Mcdonald's

    Quote Originally Posted by Fujibei View Post
    I you knew which McDonald's the speaker was referring to and you knew where it was, wouldn't you rather say, "Let's go to the McDonald's instead of McDonald's without the?"
    No ... it is not as smooth as "Let's go to McDonald's." Say both of them and see which one trips up your tongue.

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    Re: Mcdonald's or a Mcdonald's

    Thank you all for you help. One further question for clarification, please.
    what if you want to go to a 7-Eleven store, would you say, "Let's go to 7-Eleven?"
    Or, since it's most likely that there're several 7-Eleven stores in the neighborhood,
    would you say, "Let's go to a 7-Eleven?"

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    Re: McDonald's or a McDonald's

    If everyone knows that there are 7-Eleven stores at numerous intersections, I'd say in that context: Let's go to a 7-Eleven.

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    Re: McDonald's or a McDonald's

    Thanks very much.

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