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    I saw this in the New Scientist: "Colby Loucks of WWF-US in Washington DC ......". we know that we should use "the" before the name of the institutes when they are written in abbreviation (like the BBC). Why there is not such "the" before WWf-US? when we use "the" after "of"?

    Thank you very much for your help!

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    Re: "the"

    We don't have to. If the abbreviation is considered as a name, no article is necessary. IBM and ITT spring immediately to mind.

    Sometimes the use of the article seems fairly arbitrary - it's normally the WHO but the NATO.

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    Re: "the"

    Internally, many in the WHO don't use the article, which is not uncommon in organisations where most speakers would use the article, which makes things even worse.

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