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Minka
Slovenia

CONFUSED
 
Hello, dear colleagues! I have been playing these map quizzes online and something is puzzling me: 
The instruction says either
Click on (Nigeria) OR Click on THE Gambia/Congo/Central African Republic.
 
I kind of understand the last one, but not  "the Gambia" or "the Congo".  Why would that be? Thanks for your replies in advance.
 
 
 
 

3 Jan 2016      



spied-d-aignel
France

It must refer to the names of rivers not the countries

3 Jan 2016     



FrauSue
France

In UK English, "the" is used before:
- countries which contain "Kingdom" or "Republic" in their names (the UK, the Czech Republic, the Central African Republic)
- plural countries (the Philippines, the Bahamas, the UAE, the USA)
- the Gambia and the Congo (I think this is because they are named after rivers). 

4 Jan 2016     



Minka
Slovenia

I see. Thank you.

4 Jan 2016