The with Names of Countries

Recognize which country names are marked with the

Map of U.S
The United States of America
 
 

 

Article Use with Country Names

NO ARTICLE

No article is used when referring to a country (1) with a single name (except The Gambia) or with merged single-named states Bosnia and Herzegovina. Note that most countries have an official title that includes the kind of state, for example, the republic, the kingdom, the principality, the commonwealth, the union, the confederation, and so on.                                       

SINGLE OFFICIAL NAME SINGLE / OFFICIAL NAME

Ukraine

England / the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Turkmenistan

Australia

the Commonwealth of Australia

Belize

France

the French Republic

Myanmar

Switzerland

the Swiss Confederation

Burkino Faso

Italy

the Italian Republic

Canada

Indonesia

the Republic of Indonesia

Romania

Brazil

the Federative Republic of Brazil

New Zealand

Israel

the State of Israel

Ukraine

 

Mexico

the United Mexican States

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Antigua and Barbuda

Brunei

the Nation of Brunei

THE

Use the before countries (1) with plural names (the Philippines, the Maldives and the Netherlands); (2) with names containing a noun stating the kind of state (the Republic, the Democratic, the State(s), the Union, the Confederation, the Kingdom, the Commonwealth, the Principality); (3) and capitalize the when it is included in the official name (The Bahamas).

THE KIND PLURAL NAMES

the State of Eritrea

the United States of America

  the Philippines

the Republic of China

the Dominican Republic

the Netherlands

the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

 

  the Barbados

the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

 the Maldives

the Solomon Islands

the Kingdom of Lesotho

the Principality of Liechtenstein

the Marshall Islands / the Republic of the Marshall Islands

the Commonwealth of Australia

the Seychelles /

 

the Oriental Republic of Uruguay

the Plurinational State of Bolivia

The Bahamas/ the Commonwealth of The Bahamas

the Independent State of Samoa

the Republic of Seychelles

the Republic of El Salvador

The Gambia / the Republic of Gambia

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

the Republic of the Congo

the Republic of the Sudan

the Union of the Comoros

 

 

Wikipedia contributors. "List of sovereign states." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 18 Nov. 2014. Web. 18 Nov. 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Practice

Articles in the Names of Countries

 

 

 

Decide whether to use the with the informal (unofficial) country name.

  1. Select the response from the list that best completes the sentence. 
  2. Compare your response to the feedback by clicking the "check" button.

 

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flag of Kazakhstan

4.
flag of Phlippines

5.
flag of Japan

6.
flag of Netherlands

7.
flag of Greece

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flag of Ivory Coast

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flag of Ukraine

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flag of Djibouti

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flag of South Korea

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flag of Cook Islands

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17.
flag of Spain

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flag of Mexico

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flag of Mexico

20.
flag of Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Practice 2

Countries & Features

 

 

 

Decide whether an article is needed.

  1. Select the response from the list that best completes the sentence. 
  2. Compare your response to the feedback by clicking the "check" button.

 

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