Definite Article Countries


Rule 7.2: Use the definite article with the names of countries that contain the words Kingdom, United, Union, Republic, State, or Commonwealth.


It never snows in the Kingdom of Thailand.
New York City is in the United States.
Mikhail Gorbachev was the last leader of the Soviet Union.


Exercise 3: Fill in the blanks with the or Ø


The same rule even applies to abbreviations of countries:


the United States → the U.S.
the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics → the U.S.S.R.
the United Arab Emirates → the U.A.E.


Exercise 4: Fill in the blanks with a, an, or the.


Extra! Use the definite article with the name of formal names of states, provinces, and cities.


informal


Florida
Ontario
San Francisco

formal


the State of Florida
the Province of Ontario
the City of San Francisco


Exercise 5: Change the names below so that they are more formal.