My sentence is:

ATC experienced rapid growth between 1880 to 1911. In 1890, their five main competitors joined their consortium and by 1910, the American Tobacco Company had absorbed 250 companies, producing 80% of the tobacco products in the United States of America and had grown its equity from $25 million to $316 million.

I am conflicted on how to refer to USA (Bold part)

Is it:

in the United States of America


in United States of America

Also, sneaky second question if you guys don't mind :)

Do you think my sentence is too long?

  • say: in the US
    – Mari-Lou A
    Apr 17, 2015 at 7:37
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    Also "between 1880 and 1911" or "from 1880 to 1911". Apr 17, 2015 at 8:04
  • In contexts like this, some countries (like the Netherlands) always get a "the" put in front of their name. Leave the "the" in there. And the answer to your "sneaky" question is subjective, but I'd say, "Yes."
    – J.R.
    Apr 17, 2015 at 9:01


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