When to Use “THE” with Country Names in English

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We use “The” before certain country names.


That is true. But…why?


“The” is typically said before Country Names with a plural “S” at the end.

-The United States
-The Philippines


There are also countries  without the plural “S’ that are said with “The”.

-The United Kingdom
-The Republic of China


We use “The” because it precedes words like “Kingdom” or “Republic”.
Take a look at some more country names. Are they plural or do they contain the words “Kingdom” and “Republic”? This is great practice for you to get more comfortable with using these country names in any conversation.


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