[General] The definite article.

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Can I write the definite article in the following way?
1. I am going to the U.S, Philippines and U.K.
2. I am going to the U.S, the Philippines and the U.K.
Is one of the sentences incorrect?
 
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In my opinion, number 1 is incorrect, as each of the countries mentioned have The in their official name. Think about adding some more countries: 'I am going to the U.S, the Philippines, the U.K., France, and China.'


We wouldn't say, 'I'm going to the France' or 'I'm going to the China.'
 

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Also, you need to write either "U.S." or "US". The full stop is an indicator that the previous letter is an abbreviation. It's not a separator, so it makes no sense to place a full stop after the U but not after the S. J&K's use of U.K. is correct.
 

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I have seen many sentences where there are two or more particular nouns and the definite article is added with the first particular noun and the other particular noun there is no definite article. Like in the following sentence:
I would love to see the Taj mahal and Eiffel tower.
So, can't I say? the U.S.A and U.K is worth touring.
 

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I have seen many sentences where there are two or more [STRIKE]particular[/STRIKE] nouns and the definite article is added [STRIKE]with[/STRIKE] after the first [STRIKE]particular[/STRIKE] noun [STRIKE]and[/STRIKE] but not after the other [STRIKE]particular[/STRIKE] noun(s). [STRIKE]there is no definite article.[/STRIKE] Like in the following sentence:

I would love to see the Taj Mahal and Eiffel Tower. No, you need the definite article before "Eiffel Tower" as well. It is part of the official name of the structure both in English and in the original French - la Tour Eiffel.

[STRIKE]So,[/STRIKE] Can't I say (no question mark here) "The U.S.A. and U.K. is worth touring​"? No. You need the definite article before "U.K." as well for the same reason. Also, you need to use "are" not "is" after two nouns.

See above.
 
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Does it go for the nouns that are not official names of something? Like in the following sentence:
1. I have qualified the state level and the national level.
2. I would like to have an apple and a mango or mango.
 

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Does it go for the nouns that are not official names of something? Like in the following sentence:
1. I have qualified the state level and the national level.
2. I would like to have an apple and a mango or mango.

In your first, you don't need an article at all:
1. I have qualified at state level and national level.

In the second, you need both articles:
2. I would like to have an apple and a mango.

Using only one article works best with a list of at least three and is more common with the definite article and with plural nouns.

Can you pass me the books, pens and crayons?
From here, you can see the lakes, mountains and forests.
 

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When there are two nouns of same type like an apple and a mango. We use an article for each noun but, when there is a list of more than two nouns of same type we use an article only before the first noun like in the following:
Francine would like to have an apple, mango and banana.
Am I correct about?

I would like to ask these too. When there are two nouns of different type like a car and a washing machine and when there is a list of more than two nouns of different type. Do we use an artcle as I have mentioned in the above paragraph.
 

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You need the articles.
 
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