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    What's the difference here: Our company is based in the NYC and our market is primar

    What's the difference here:

    Our company is based in the NYC and our market is primarily in the US.

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    Our company is based in the NYC and our market is primarily the US.

    Are both okay?

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    Re: What's the difference here: Our company is based in the NYC and our market is pr

    Quote Originally Posted by Batman45 View Post
    our market is primarily in the US.
    The market is somewhere in the US.

    Quote Originally Posted by Batman45 View Post
    our market is primarily the US.
    The whole nation is the market.

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    Re: What's the difference here: Our company is based in the NYC and our market is pr

    I am not a teacher.

    You should remove 'the' before NYC.

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    Re: What's the difference here: Our company is based in the NYC and our market is pr

    As we can say 'the United States', why can't we say 'the New York City'?

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    Re: What's the difference here: Our company is based in the NYC and our market is pr

    It's "the" before "United States" because the country is made up of a combination of states. It is made up of the states which have been united to form one country.

    The United States of America
    The United Kingdom
    The United Soviet Socialist Republic (no longer exists).

    New York City is simply a name, a proper noun, like London, Paris, Italy etc. No article is necessary before them.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What's the difference here: Our company is based in the NYC and our market is pr

    'The People's Republic of China.'
    This country is not 'United'. Why is 'the' used?
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    Re: What's the difference here: Our company is based in the NYC and our market is pr

    Same question that I want to ask the teacher here. Thank you Matthew.

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    Re: What's the difference here: Our company is based in the NYC and our market is pr

    I am not a teacher.

    It's not 'United' that conditions whether we use the article 'the' in every case. It's just the explanation in this case.

    We say The People's Republic of China, The Republic of the Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, because they are the official English names of these countries. We also say The Gambia, The Seychelles, The Netherlands and others, but NOT The New York City. The French say Le Caire (The Cairo) but in English we just say Cairo. There are conventions you just have to accept.

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    Re: What's the difference here: Our company is based in the NYC and our market is pr

    'The' should be used before an official name but not before a common name.
    Whether it is an official name or a common name is not a grammatical problem.
    It is simply decided by the official people.
    Am I right or wrong? Not a teacher.

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    Re: What's the difference here: Our company is based in the NYC and our market is pr

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'The' should be used before an official name but not before a common name.
    I am not a teacher.

    I'm not sure that I understand your point.

    France, Italy, Germany, Spain and so on are all official names, and we put 'The' in front of none of them.

    We put 'The' in front of the names of groups of islands because they are considered as plurals e.g. The Azores/Bahamas/Cayman Islands/Channel Islands/Hebrides/Philippines/Seychelles/Virgin Islands et al. That is grammatical.

    We also use 'The' before groups of states or nations for grammatical reasons, e.g. The United States of America/United Kingdom/European Union/Netherlands.

    The only singular country name that comes to mind using 'The' is The Gambia, but their real official name is 'The Republic of the Gambia'.

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