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    #1

    the USA or USA

    Hello.

    The company runs its plants in Germany, Brazil, Argentina, the US.

    Do I need "the" before "US" or I can omit it when listing contries?

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    Re: the USA or USA

    You need it.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    Re: the USA or USA

    Quote Originally Posted by Ksenia View Post
    Hello.

    The company runs its plants in Germany, Brazil, Argentina, the US.

    Do I need "the" before "US" or I can omit it when listing countries?
    You also need to add "and" before "the US" if it's the last example in the list. Note the correct spelling of "countries".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: the USA or USA

    You used USA in your title, but US in your question.

    While most native English speakers informally accept the US as meaning the USA, you'd be well advised to use the USA, unless you're using US adjectivally.

    'US imports'/'the US flag'/'US immigration procedures'.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 21-Mar-2016 at 12:56.

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    #5

    Re: the USA or USA

    As an American, I just about NEVER say "The USA."
    It's (almost) always "the US" (or U.S.) for me.
    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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    Re: the USA or USA

    Quote Originally Posted by Aamir the Global Citizen View Post
    I have heard many British people who simply say UK while they are speaking under the normal circumstances, like they say "I am from UK".
    I would never say that.
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    Re: the USA or USA

    Quote Originally Posted by Aamir the Global Citizen View Post
    I have heard many British people who simply say UK while they are speaking under the normal circumstances, like they say "I am from UK".
    I've known more British people than you have, Aamir, and I've never heard any of them say 'I am from UK'.

    We say 'I'm from England/Scotland/Wales/(Northern) Ireland'.

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    Re: the USA or USA

    It depends on your definition of a British person. If you simply mean someone who holds a British passport, whether from birth or through naturalisation, then it's entirely possible that English isn't their first language. If that's the case, one of those people might incorrectly say "I'm from UK". However, a native speaker of BrE would never say it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: the USA or USA

    Certain countries require "the", including the USA, the UK, and the UAE (abbreviations), and the Philippines, the Maldives and the Marshall Islands (plurals, describing island groups).

    One country insists on putting "the" in front of it when it makes no sense to do so: "the Gambia".

    Two countries insist that "the" should not be used, when traditionally we used to add "the": Sudan and Ukraine.
    Translator, editor and TESOL certificate holder, but not a teacher. Native speaker of American English (West Coast)

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    Re: the USA or USA

    Quote Originally Posted by bubbha View Post
    Certain countries require "the", including the USA, the UK, and the UAE (abbreviations),
    We do use the definite article not because of the abbreviations, but because the name of the country is a description of its make-up - The United States of America, The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, The United Arab Emirates, The Federal Republic of Germany, etc.

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