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    #1

    the West Indies vs. West Indies

    I'm wondering what the difference between "the West Indies" and "West Indies" is.

    I'm also confused with "the Middle East" and "Middle East".

    I can assure you that I frequently come across both variants but I don't know whether there's a difference.
    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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    #2

    Re: the West Indies vs. West Indies

    When referring to the location, use "the" for both.

    Civilization is believed to have started in the Middle East.
    My cousin took a cruise to the West Indies.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #3

    Re: the West Indies vs. West Indies

    For me, "the West Indies" and "the Middle East" refer to geographic areas. The others are less specific.

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    #4

    Re: the West Indies vs. West Indies

    I would like to see the sentences where they are used without the "the."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #5

    Re: the West Indies vs. West Indies

    Middle East political news stories are hard to follow.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: the West Indies vs. West Indies

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    My cousin took a cruise to the West Indies.
    Jamaica?

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    Re: the West Indies vs. West Indies

    When we want to use place names as adjectives, we sometimes simply leave off 'the', though there are often better forms: Middle Eastern, for example.

    We might refer to a West Indies (adj) trade route. OR A trade route to the West Indies (noun).

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    Re: the West Indies vs. West Indies

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Jamaica?
    No, it was her idea.

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