The only way those people can stay in council operated shelters is if forecast temperatures drop below freezing for three consecutive nights, triggering the authority’s Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP).
Campaigners now want that changed to just one night to reflect a policy implemented by London mayor Sadiq Khan – but the city council insists it does not have the money to fund it. Time is more of a critical factor than numbers on a petition.” Mr Kumar blames a number of deaths in Oxford over the winter on people being unable to access places in hostels but the council refuted those claims.
• because there is only one: The Pope is visiting Russia. In January last year two men walking on the peak were killed in a fall. We do not normally use the definite article with names: William Shakespeare wrote Hamlet. • countries which have plural nouns as their names: the Netherlands; the Philippines • geographical features, such as mountain ranges, groups of islands, rivers, seas, oceans and canals: the Himalayas; the Canaries; the Atlantic; the Atlantic Ocean; the Amazon; the Panama Canal.
We also use the definite article: • to say something about all the things referred to by a noun: The wolf is not really a dangerous animal (= Wolves are not really dangerous animals) The kangaroo is found only in Australia (= Kangaroos are found only in Australia) The heart pumps blood around the body. • With adjectives like rich, poor, elderly, unemployed to talk about groups of people: Life can be very hard for the poor. • newspapers: The Times; The Washington Post • well known buildings or works of art: the Empire State Building; the Taj Mahal; the Mona Lisa; the Sunflowers • organisations: the United Nations; the Seamen’s Union • hotels, pubs and restaurants*: the Ritz; the Ritz Hotel; the King’s Head; the Déjà Vu *Note: We do not use the definite article if the name of the hotel or restaurant is the name of the owner, e.g., Brown’s; Brown’s Hotel; Morel’s; Morel’s Restaurant, etc.
Oxford University students have been urged to refer to each other using gender neutral pronouns such as “ze” instead of “he” or “she”, it has been reported.