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    Definite Article

    Dear Moderators,

    Could you explain the usage of "the" before ABBREVIATIONs and ACRONYMs;
    I sometimes come across, in newpapers and mags, some abbreviations preceded by "the" some without "the". I do not understand this, plz, explain.

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    Re: Definite Article

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    Offhand, I would suggest that the article is used before initialisms (capital letters which are not pronounced as words) when it is used before the full form:

    the United Kingdom; the UK
    the British Broadcasting System; the BBC


    But not when they form a pronounced word (an acronym proper):

    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration; NASA
    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization; NATO


    There may well be other guidelines, however.
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    Re: Definite Article

    Thank you for your help.

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