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    Cool in the Soudan.....

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    Watching CNN this morning I read something like: "... slaughters... in the Sudan.. ". Shouldn't it be: "... in Sudan..." I always thought that while using names of countries in the singular the article "the" could not be used! What's wrong with CNN? Or what's wrong with me??

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    Re: in the Soudan.....

    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    Hi,

    Watching CNN this morning I read something like: "... slaughters... in the Sudan.. ". Shouldn't it be: "... in Sudan..." I always thought that while using names of countries in the singular the article "the" could not be used! What's wrong with CNN? Or what's wrong with me??
    There`s nothing wrong with CNN. Sudan is a republic and its name is The Republic of the Sudan.

    In English most countries never take the definite article, but there are many that do. It is commonly used with many country names which derive from names of island groups (the Philippines), mountain ranges (the Lebanon), deserts (the Sudan), and other geographic expressions (the Netherlands). Such use is declining, but for some countries it remains common. Since the independence of Ukraine, most style guides have advised dropping the article, in part because the Ukrainian government was concerned about a similar issue involving prepositions.

    Article (grammar - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

    Other names of countries used with the definite article :

    The U.S.A.
    The U.K.
    The Lebannon
    The Gambia, etc.

    Omniglot - the blog Definite countries

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    Re: in the Soudan.....

    The Sudan could be described as an area like the Prairie Provinces as well.

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