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Countries with Names that are "The" Something

What countries usually start with the definite article "the"? For example, I am going to go to the (country)."
Not including countries with shorter names (The People's Republic of China=China)
Not including outdated names like the Ukraine, the Sudan, or the Ivory Coast
Officially, "The" appears at the beginning of only two of these (capitalized).
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Continent
Country
North America
(El Salvador)
The Bahamas
the Dominican Republic
the United States
Europe
(the Czech Republic)
the Netherlands
the United Kingdom
Africa
the Central African Republic
the Comoros
the Democratic Republic of the Congo
The Gambia
the Republic of the Congo
the Seychelles
Asia
the Maldives
the Philippines
the United Arab Emirates
Oceania
(the Federated States of Micronesia)
the Marshall Islands
the Solomon Islands
15 Comments
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Level 55
Nov 25, 2016
If I'm honest, only 2 of these truly have 'the' in their name. The others aren't commonly used with the word 'the'.
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Level 47
Nov 25, 2016
Yeah...
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Level 85
Nov 25, 2016
Maybe "the" is not in their official name, but for all of these countries you can say "Let's visit the ______" and it would sound wrong if you left out the "the". Possibly exception is Gambia, but even it's Wikipedia page is titled "The Gambia".
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Level 85
Jan 28, 2017
Interesting aside, I heard that Gambia added the "The" to distinguish itself from Zambia.
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Level 64
Jan 28, 2017
What about The Vatican City?
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Level 85
Jan 28, 2017
Interesting. We do say "The Vatican" but not really "The Vatican City".
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Level 64
Jan 28, 2017
So, it isn't mention in the quiz, because it's officially called "Vatican City" without "the". Did I get this right? But we sometimes call it "the Vatican".
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Level 85
Feb 18, 2017
I would agree with that.
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Level 85
May 17, 2017
Quiz reset to remove the Czech Republic, which now goes by Czechia.
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Level 66
Dec 22, 2019
What about El Salvador? It's ont of the only ones that people almost always use the "the" part when saying, although it is in spanish.
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Level 85
Dec 22, 2019
I love it.
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Level 55
Apr 21, 2020
Nice quiz - makes you think! I guess mostly "the" is used where the country is made up of groups of islands or states?
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Level 85
Aug 3, 2020
Yes, though sometimes the "state" is singular, as in "Kingdom" or "Republic".
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Level 65
Dec 3, 2022
The Comoros? What?? With the logic you're using, why not the Ivory Coast?
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Level 85
Dec 4, 2022
Just as an example, read the first paragraph of each of those two countries' Wikipedia pages.