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    USA or the USA

    Hello.

    My girlfriend found a book for me.
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    As you can see "United States of America" is written without "the". I guess it's incorrect. What would you say?
    If it's incorrect there's nothing strange. We got a lot of such books.

    Thanks.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    Re: USA or the USA

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    Hello.

    My girlfriend found a book for me.
    Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	1744

    As you can see "United States of America" is written without "the". I guess it's incorrect. What would you say?
    If it's incorrect there's nothing strange. We got a lot of such books.

    Thanks.
    It should be "The United States of America".

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    Re: USA or the USA

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    Hello.

    My girlfriend found a book for me.
    Click image for larger version. 

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Size:	57.8 KB 
ID:	1744

    As you can see "United States of America" is written without "the". I guess it's incorrect. What would you say?
    If it's incorrect there's nothing strange. We got a lot of such books.

    Thanks.
    If you look closely, you will see the title is not the only "funny" thing in the cover!

    PS: OK, here's a clue: just one of the USA's neighbors is there...
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: USA or the USA

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    If you look closely, you will see the title is not the only "funny" thing in the cover!

    PS: OK, here's a clue: just one of the USA's neighbors is there...
    Which neighbour would that be, Charlie?

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    Re: USA or the USA

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    Which neighbour would that be, Charlie?
    I can only read "Canada" above the USA's northern border. In the South... All of Central America is gone!
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: USA or the USA

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    I can only read "Canada" above the USA's northern border. In the South... All of Central America is gone!
    Oh, I see what you mean, Charlie.

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    Re: USA or the USA

    Alaska appears to have become an island.

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    Re: USA or the USA

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Alaska appears to have become an island.
    Alaska is usually set aside as a inset since it is not connected to the other states. Hawaii is treated the same way. I see no problem with the title of a book being "United States of America" - title sometimes are amusing. As far as the other countries, the book is not about Canada or Mexico. Central America is so far south it normally doesn't appear on most maps of the US.

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    Re: USA or the USA

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Alaska appears to have become an island.
    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    Alaska is usually set aside as a inset since it is not connected to the other states. Hawaii is treated the same way. I see no problem with the title of a book being "United States of America" - title sometimes are amusing. As far as the other countries, the book is not about Canada or Mexico. Central America is so far south it normally doesn't appear on most maps of the US.
    I know my eyesight is pretty bad, but did we lose the real island of Hawaii?

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    Re: USA or the USA

    Quote Originally Posted by Amigos4 View Post
    I know my eyesight is pretty bad, but did we lose the real island of Hawaii?
    Well...I guess mine are going also. I hadn't noticed that South America is next to the US. I couldn't find any of the Hawaiian Islands either.

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