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Conventional grammar

Which is grammatically correct?

at the Eastercon
at Eastercon
(What is this "Eastercon" you keep going on about?)

To keep this poll simpler: take as read that whether or not it needs a definite article for this year, it'll be "an Eastercon" speaking more generally.



Apr. 18th, 2012 12:06 pm (UTC)
"Eastercon" is a name masquerading as a description. It's not "The Easter Convention", which would imply there was also (for example) a Solsticecon, a YomKippurCon, a Ramanavamicon etc. Just as you wouldn't say "I'm going to the York", you wouldn't say "I'm going to the Eastercon"!
Apr. 18th, 2012 12:08 pm (UTC)
There have been just enough uses of "the" in this case in various peoples' convention reports, that I wanted to know more about what kinds of people/in what contexts it was used that way.

(Although I realize this poll will only the question of people, not contexts.)

Edited at 2012-04-18 12:10 pm (UTC)
Apr. 18th, 2012 12:13 pm (UTC)
Fen being fen, however, there is a Westercon, Northwestercon, etc.