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    (the) last to arrive

    I would like to know about the article rule that is used in the following sentences.1. She was last to arrive.2. They were the last to arrive.I have seen these two sentences in a dictionary.

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    Re: (the) last to arrive

    They're both acceptable in BrE.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: (the) last to arrive

    I saw in a political science book that the article rule is not used in the words as " in U.S.A. " and "in the U.S.A." I know the rule why the definite article is used with the word like U.S.A. but I don't understand why the article is not used the word sometimes.

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    Re: (the) last to arrive

    Quote Originally Posted by arjitsharma View Post
    I saw in a political science book that the article rule is not used in the words phrases such as "in U.S.A." and "in the U.S.A." I know the rule so why is the definite article is used with the words like U.S.A.? but I don't understand why the article is not used the word sometimes.
    I'm confused. Why are you taking your English lessons from a political science book?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: (the) last to arrive

    Which "article rule" are you referring to?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: (the) last to arrive

    Quote Originally Posted by arjitsharma View Post
    I don't understand why the article is not used the word sometimes.
    It's sometimes not used in written texts in order to save time and space.

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    Re: (the) last to arrive

    It's always "the USA" unless like jutfrank pointed out, to save space.

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