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the Philippines. #1 (permalink) Mon Feb 07, 2011 6:30 am   the Philippines.
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #224 "Articles (5)", question 7

I just got back from ......... Philippines.

(a) a
(b) an
(c) the
(d) (none)

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #224 "Articles (5)", answer 7

I just got back from the Philippines.

Correct answer: (c) the

Your answer was: incorrect
I just got back from Philippines.
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Here, why is 'the' used? We cannot use Article in front of countries, right?

Please explain to me.
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the Philippines. #2 (permalink) Mon Feb 07, 2011 7:35 am   the Philippines.
 

We use the article in front of some countries, especially where there is a plural involved.

I just got back from America.
I just got back from the Americas.
I just got back from St Lucia.
I just got back from the Caribbean Islands.
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