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Dear Teachers,

1. Could you please give me a ride and drop me at ABC supermarket?

- Is this natural to say?

Thanks very much!

Stevenukd.
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Could you please give me a lift to ABC supermarket
Hi Optilang, wouldyou use a 'the' if it was Target/Walmart/Tesco.

Could you please give me a ride to (the) Walmart?
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I would not use 'the'

Can you give me a lift to Tesco/Walmart/Sainsbury. Very often these names are used in the plural -
Can you give me a lift to Tescos/Sainsburys (don't know about Walmart - we don't have them)

Where did you buy that?

I bought it from Tesco/Tescos - both are commonly used.
How about KFC, McDonald's, Burger King?

Fill in the blanks using the above.

I work at __
I went to __
Give me a ride to __
I work at/for KFC
I went to McDonald's
Give me a ride/lift to Burger King
I work at the KFC on the High Street
I went to the McDonald's behind the Shell garage.
Give me a ride/lift to the Burger King opposite the Nat West Bank.
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I'm sorry.I promise this will be my last post.

Is there a reason there is no 'the' when additional modifiers are not present?

I'm quite sure native speakers say "I went to THE bank", "I went to The post office", "take me to the beach", "give me a ride to the park"

Thanks in advance.
I'm quite sure native speakers say "I went to THE bank", "I went to The post office", "take me to the beach", "give me a ride to the park"
Yes I do.
But I also say:
Come with me to Tescos
Take me to Tescos
I went to McDonald's last night.
(By the way, you can post as many times as necessary - sometimes my explanations are not good)
Thanks for the generous offer. I just don't understand why 'the' is perfectly OK in some contexts like those I gave but not in others like those you said.

I know there are no rules. I'd appreciate it if you could attempt to explain the difference. You can take the following examples

Take me to the post office
Take me to KFC

I complete understand if you don't feel comfortable justifying the difference. It could be one of those things that you say naturally. But I'm sure there's some reason at least in this case. Maybe other natives can help.
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