One of my colleagues has been to the USA recently, and I want to ask him how the country is. Which of the below is grammatically correct?
- How is USA?
- How is the USA?
Is "the" actually required in the above context?
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The correct grammatical way to say it would be
How is the USA?
because USA stands for United States of America. It would be incorrect to say
How is USA?
because this means
How is United States of America?
It is missing a definite article (the), since there is only one USA.
So, to answer your question, yes, you would need the "the".
I think that it would be The United States of America in the same way that Buckeyes fans talk about The Ohio State University. I believe 'The' implies a certain federation between States that value their independence and the ability to make and uphold their own laws; regarding the use of the indicative preposition 'the', perhaps the truth of the matter is that it may be subjective to age... I would say yes, personally; as stated above, I appreciate the use of the properly idenifying preposition and all it implies. With that said, if you are a millennial, and elect to use the term 'America' outside of the usual context and conjecture, then screw it... 'Merca!