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    Definite article in names of countries as Below:

    Dear Teachers,

    The use of definite article has been confusing me in such sentences as listed below. I was wondering which expressions of the following are correct and which are wrong:

    1) The Republic of Central Africa

    2) Republic of Central Africa

    3) Central Africa Republic

    4) The Central Africa Republic

    5) The Central African Republic

    (In the same way:)

    6) Union of Myanmar

    7) The Union of Myanmar


    Thanks in advance.
    Song

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    Re: Definite article in names of countries as Below:

    The proper name of the country may be United States of America, but one says and writes that one is a resident of the United States of America. This is true with all place names that include a descriptor that is used in other instances ("republic", "states", "union" etc). The British Empire vs Britian, for example.

    So, in all the instances you have cited above, you use the article when you refer to the place in running text; when you fill out a form asking for "Country" you would only write the proper official name (usually without the article).

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    Re: Definite article in names of countries as Below:

    oh, thanks dear Jlinger, your point is so important and helpful to me. I have never learned this. Thanks alot.

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