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    Default 'the States'? /The US/ United States/ USA/ America.....

    Hi, could you please confirm these for me?



    'the States' = United States of America ?


    The US= United states= USA (without the?)= America ?= United States of America.



    and....



    England= (the?) UK= United Kingdom = Britain ?


    Are the above terms the same?
    and please tell me if there are any slight differences in the usage?


    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: 'the States'? /The US/ United States/ USA/ America.....

    Quote Originally Posted by maral55 View Post
    'the States' = United States of America ?
    The US= United states= USA (without the?)= America ?= United States of America.

    The United States of America, USA.

    and....

    England= (the?) UK= United Kingdom = Britain ?
    England only?
    United Kingdom - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Default Re: 'the States'? /The US/ United States/ USA/ America.....

    The United States of America (commonly referred to as the United States, the U.S., the USA, or America)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States

    For England and UK see

    Terminology of the British Isles - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Default Re: 'the States'? /The US/ United States/ USA/ America.....

    Thanks. but what about the term 'the States' ? does it also mean the United States?

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    Default Re: 'the States'? /The US/ United States/ USA/ America.....

    If 'the States' is capitalized like that, it probably means the United States of America (USA). However, you might watch for contextual clues: it might refer to a different group of states. "The United States of America" is the proper full name of the country. Sometimes we shorten it to "the United States" or the US, with the assumption that there's no "United States of Africa" that we need to be distinguished from. Often citizens of the United States refer to their country as America and themselves as Americans, however this is a bit deceptive since America is actually the entire continent, and anyone born from Canada to Argentina could call themselves Americans and be technically correct. Some people see this America=US language as an indicator of 'American' self-centeredness, but there's really not a good way to claim US nationality without the it. ("I am a/an... USian?") Usually when people want to indicate the continental designation, they will refer to themselves as North Americans or Latin Americans to clarify their meaning. In some non-English speaking countries, "America" is understood as the country, and "the United States" just doesn't ring a bell.

    Most people may not be able to give the full name for 'the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland', but they will say the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain for short (though given the full name I'm guessing Britain is technically the name of the island which is not Ireland). England is really only one piece of the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. However, depending on context and where you are, people who are not from the UK may use 'England' and 'Britain' interchangeably, due to ignorance.

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    Default Re: 'the States'? /The US/ United States/ USA/ America.....

    thanks. Since there are two many of terms, I was somehow getting confused regarding when I should use each and HOW MUCH it is important to think about this differences while referring to these countries and names. I am guessing now that the major differences is geographical?

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    My sister is excited about her upcoming trip to: ____

    You can use any of these and not worry at all about a difference:
    the US
    the United States
    the USA
    the United State of America
    the States
    America

    Yes, if she is going to Brazil, she is technically going to "America" but I think most people would assume you meant the US if you said "America" in that sentence.

    As for me, as a native, I would reply with something like "Has she visited the US before?" or "Is this her first trip to the States?"

    I very rarely say "The USA" and there have been very few times in my life that I have said "The United States of America." While I refer to myself as "an American" I rarely refer to the country that way as a travel destination because of the sensitivity that there are many other countries in the Americas (North and South).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    there are many other countries in the Americas (North, and South).
    Don't forget Central America

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    Default Re: 'the States'? /The US/ United States/ USA/ America.....

    As for me, as a native, I would reply with something like "Has she visited the US before?" or "Is this her first trip to the States?"

    I very rarely say "The USA" and there have been very few times in my life that I have said "The United States of America." While I refer to myself as "an American" I rarely refer to the country that way as a travel destination because of the sensitivity that there are many other countries in the Americas (North and South).
    This speaks for me as well, except for this: Living in China, I've learned that if I say "the States" or "the US", people often don't understand what I mean. I have to say "America" or use the Chinese word when people ask where I'm from. Sometimes you have to pay attention to the context and follow what other people are doing.

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    Default Re: 'the States'? /The US/ United States/ USA/ America.....

    In an international chatroom I participate in, there are times when I say that I'm from "the US" and they will come back and say "Oh, you mean USA" -- so good advice about context!

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