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Which country name use "The" like The USA. Why we can't called "The India"

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The Argentine (the silver country)
The Lebanon (the white country -- for the unlikely snow on its peaks)

To answer the other part of your question, India is a proper noun and doesn't require "the" any more than I need to be called "The Dodgy" (although I've been called much worse).

In "the United States" united is an adjective and describes the states, so it gets a definite article.

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Well I am *THE* YNP............
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Nah ... you are THE BIRD.
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I could "give" you the bird.....but that is not nice.....
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I'm giggling. I'll stay out of this.. but Dodgy, you've got to admit.. that was/is funny.
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Harrumph!
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....and I am a nice "bird".....
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Yes Merlin, I also enjoy it when I happen upon these little dialogues between "birdie" and "Dodgy"...
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I used to work in a big communications centre with about 400 other men. One of them, Bill, was a country boy; another, Gerry, was a nice guy but not the brightest.

Once, Bill was boasting to Gerry about how big the sparrows were in his area and the next day brought in a photograph of two guys holding an eagle that one of them had shot. Gerry was convinced.

Now, wile I would normally be aghast at the idea of shooting an eagle, if one of our feather friends keeps being cheeky, I just might pick up my old 12-bore, board the next flight to LA, and ... and ...

...and get a photograph of my own.
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Maybe because USA is plural (states)

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The Dominican Republic

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The Bahamas
The Gambia

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the peoples republic of china

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Dear Atchut_Adi,

The usage of the article "the" is fairly subtle...for example, you would not use 'the' when you refer to England, but it is used when you say "The British Isles," or "The British Commonwealth of Nations."

And although you would not say 'The India,' you would indeed use the article if you talked about "The Republic of India.'

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You can say "The Indies" as some folks do referring to all of India.
You can say "the East Indies", "the West Indies", north, south, whatever you want it's just personal preference implying more than one state, territory, colony, province, language, culture. Etc. There are also three Americas, North America, Central America, and South America. There is also the United Arab Emirates etc.....

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