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    How is it like in your country.

    I ask my friend who is from USA. "How is it like in your country?" He shows me a photo of USA on internet and I say to him "Okay, this is how USA is like" or "This is how USA looks like".

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    Re: How is it like in your country.

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    I ask my friend who is from USA. "How What is it like in your country?" He shows me a photo of USA on the Internet and I say to him "Okay, this is how what USA is like" or "This is how what USA looks like".

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    A couple of things. "What" instead of "How". Capital "I" for "Internet", and "the Internet" - you need the article.

    "USA" is interesting.

    If you read it as "United States of America", the article "the" is required.

    "USA" has also taken on the status of a proper name, and as such, you would not normally use "the". My grammar checker is telling me it should have the article because it is a proper name, however, this reveals confusion about this matter. Most proper names do not use the article. So, whether or not you use the article depends on how you are thinking about the term, "USA". I say you do not use the article when you are thinking of the "entity" known as USA.

    Grammarians will probably disagree, however.

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    Re: How is it like in your country.

    I'm not a grammarian, and I'm only disagreeing with CD about 'internet', which is now commonly spelt with a lower case i.

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    Re: How is it like in your country.

    I disagree about 'USA'. As with 'UK', some people drop the article occasionally in informal speech, but the correct form has the article.

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    Re: How is it like in your country.

    I'm no grammarian either but I say "the United States of America" and "the USA". I don't capitalise "internet".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: How is it like in your country.

    The only context that wouldn't seem remotely plausible to me, with regards to the form in question, is this:

    [Teacher speaking to student:] Looking at your assignment, I can see you used three abbreviations for countries - you used 'USA' once and 'UK' twice.

    Here, it's not a proper noun used as such; rather, it's a proper-noun-form qualified and used as object - i.e. a block of text - for enumeration. Mind you, it takes a good writer to utilise quotation marks in this case.

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