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    To use or not to use "the"

    I was reading a passage that I came across this paragraph. I wonder that why there is no article "the" before the word "France's" in this paragraph. Can you tell me the reason that the writer has not used such an article in this paragraph?

    Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. It is located approximately one kilometer off the country's northwestern coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches. One of France's most recognizable landmarks, Mont Saint-Michel, and its bay are part of the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites and more than 3 million people visit it each year.

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    Re: To use or not to use "the"

    The names of countries do not normally take the definite article.

    Three rare exceptions are 'the UK', 'the USA' and 'the Netherlands'.

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    Re: To use or not to use "the"

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    The names of countries do not normally take the definite article.

    Three rare exceptions are 'the UK', 'the USA' and 'the Netherlands'.
    I thought to myself that this sentence needs a definitive article for the word "landmarks", because it is the head noun.

    So, is this sentence grammatical?


    Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. It is located approximately one kilometer off the country's northwestern coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches. One of the most recognizable landmarks, Mont Saint-Michel, and its bay are part of the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites and more than 3 million people visit it each year.
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    Re: To use or not to use "the"

    Yes, "landmarks" takes an article.

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    Re: To use or not to use "the"

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post

    Three rare exceptions are 'the UK', 'the USA' and 'the Netherlands'.
    They are not exceptions. Names of countries that tell us its nature or political state normally use the definite article.

    The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the UK
    The United States of America, the USA
    The Federal Republic of Germany
    The People's Republic of China
    The Netherlands ( = the low counties)
    The Kingdom of Belgium.

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    Re: To use or not to use "the"

    Also, there are (also names beside countries):

    The Philippines
    The Maldives
    The Southern Alps(NZ)
    The Appalachians(US)
    The Grand Canyon
    The Sahara(Africa)
    The Great Wall of China
    The Louvre (Paris)
    The Gherkin (London)
    Last edited by tedmc; 23-Aug-2015 at 04:56.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: To use or not to use "the"

    If you include entities other than countries, the list is very long.

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