RE: the correct wording for "the" United Kingdom

Subject: RE: the correct wording for "the" United Kingdom
From: "Rob Partridge" <rob -at- holly -dot- com -dot- au>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 16 Jul 2002 08:51:34 +1000


Hmmm... Not sure... I checked with the Guardian's online style guide - a
nice resource to have handy
(http://www.guardian.co.uk/styleguide/0,5817,,00.html) and it seems to imply
that there is no definite article:

United Kingdom

England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. UK is generally preferable in
copy as well as headlines

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Britain/UK
these terms are synonymous: Britain is the official short form of United
Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Used as adjectives,
therefore, British and UK mean the same. Great Britain, however, refers only
to the mainland of England, Wales and

Rob

-----Original Message-----
From: Gilda Spitz
Sent: Tuesday, 16 July 2002 6:01 AM
Subject: the correct wording for "the" United Kingdom

When you refer to most countries, you just refer to the name, with no
article (Canada, France, and so on). A major exception to this usage is, of
course "the" United States. So here's my question:

In a sentence such as "We have an office in the United Kingdom", I'm pretty
sure you need to include the word "the" before "United Kingdom". (Hope
that's correct!)



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