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- “The USA” versus “USA” 5 answers
Could anyone clear up which is - grammatically - correct, "the USA" or "USA"?
There are no doubts about unrolled, i.e. full name, so the Unites States [of America] are definitely to be used with "the", but I used to come across with both "the USA" and "USA" when said by native speakers.
My question refers particularly to the ABBREVIATION when used in a simple sentence or speech flow (not when filling in official forms). Example:
We're going to spend our next holiday in ... (the USA OR USA?).
Imagine that one HAS to use the abbreviation (exactly USA, not another name of the nation/country, so NO options here, please) in his/her speech and has to decide upon using the definite article before it to sound absolutely traditionally correct.