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  1. Crowned 91's Avatar
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    #1

    the UK/the US

    Hi!
    Is the article "THE" correct in these examples?
    1)He lives in the UK./He lives in the US.
    2)He comes from the UK./He comes from the US.
    3)He is going to the UK./He is going to the US.

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    #2

    Re: the UK/the US

    Yes.

    I don't know why.

    I worked with a frustrated ESL student once who threw down his pen and said, "Why is it a cold, but the flu, but pneumonia?"

    I couldn't explain that, either. English is just a hodgepodge of other languages that all showed up with their own rules.

    It takes a while, but you'll get the hang of it.

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    #3

    Re: the UK/the US

    Would you also say "The European Union" as in "It was made in the EU"?
    I think that the article is used before "UK","US" and "EU" because they are seen as a group of countries or states.
    UK=The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland>>Great Britain(England,Scotland,Wales) and Northern Ireland(Please correct me if I am wrong )US=Fifty states
    EU=Twenty-eight states

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    #4

    Re: the UK/the US

    Yes, I think you are correct. If there is a modifier first (united, European), the article is used.

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    #5

    Re: the UK/the US

    Yes, we refer to it as "the EU". It has previously been called "the EC", "the EEC" and "the Common Market".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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