Re: the correct wording for "the" United Kingdom
It is my observation that when the form of government is referenced, an
article is used. For example, you could say 'California' or 'the State of
California'. Some examples include: 'the United Arab Emirates,' 'the
People's Republic of China,' and 'the Dominican Republic.'
Of course, we still have to figure out 'the Netherlands', 'the Virgin
Islands' and 'the Congo.'
I think that it's relatively easy to figure out the use of the deinite article in "the Bronx." The area was formerly the possession of Jonas Bronck and his family, and thus referred to as "the Broncks'."
IRA L. JACOBSON
mailto:laser -at- ieee -dot- org
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