“The USA” versus “USA”

People on the Internet say that it’s based on the context, but they suggest the form without the.

However, when I read the Wikipedia article, the first sentence is the following:

The United States of America (USA or U.S.A.), commonly referred to as the United States (US or U.S.) and America, is a federal republic consisting of 50 states and a federal district.

I always thought that it was with the definite article like “The United States” or “the USA” or “the UK” or “the United Kingdom” etc.

Are there any situations when the definite article is omitted in these cases mentioned above?


If you are giving a complete sentence, you should use the article. “The plane arrived in the USA.” Etc.

If you are giving the names of countries in a list or chart or some such where you are not using complete sentences, then you simply put “USA”, like you would put “Germany” or “France”.

Source : Link , Question Author : Derfder , Answer Author : Jay

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