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Country and Culture Names Tutorial

The Rule:

With most country names, don't use an article, and never us a/an.

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Country names are like people's names.

For example:

You can't say "I'm visiting the George." Therefore, you also can't say "I'm visiting the Spain."

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The Rule:

Use the with countries that are a collection of something.

For example: States, republics, federations, emirates)

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The Rule:

When writing about a group of people from a specific culture, use the + plural form of the noun.

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The Fix:

To check your writing for articles with country and culture names, use the following steps:

Step 1:

Draw a box around country and culture names.

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Step 2:

Add the if the country name is a collection. If not, don't use an article.

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Step 3:

For cultures, add the and make the noun plural (noun + s or irregular form)

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Helpful Notes

Common country names with the:

  • The Baltic States
  • The Czech Republic
  • The Netherlands
  • The People's Republic of China
  • The UK (The United Kingdom)
  • The US (The United States)
  • The West Indies

Common irregular plural forms of culture names:

  • The British (the English)
  • The Chinese
  • The Dutch
  • The Irish
  • The Japanese

Helpful Notes

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Fix

  • Draw a box around country and culture names.
  • Add the if the country name is a colection. If it's not a collection, don't use an article.
  • For culture names, add the and make the noun plural (noun + s or irregular form).