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Do I have to always add 'the' before USA or united states? Such as 'made in USA' or 'made in the USA?

asked Nov 24 '12 at 07:20 tab Z New member

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'The' is generally used before USA and other multi-word country names. Single word countries do not usually need the article.

Made in the USA.

Made in the United Kingdom

Made in India.

Made in America

 

Made in China.

Made in the People's Republic of China.

 

There are, of course, exceptions.

Made in Sri Lanka.

Made in Papua New Guineau.

Country names are always capitalized.

link answered Nov 24 '12 at 14:33 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

Sir, I have seen many people, even in many leading newspapers, using with out the definite article "the".

sanjayNov 24 '12 at 16:03

There are always going to be exceptions, Sanjay, to everything, but I have rarely seen United States without 'the' in front of it. I try to point the most common and accepted uses.

Lewis NeidhardtNov 24 '12 at 19:14

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