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Articles with abbreviations

A useful guideline is that when a title includes a countable noun which indicates the type of entity, the is usually needed.

Examples

the IMF

the IOC

the ABC

the USA

the UN(O)
the International Monetary Fund

the International Olympic Committee

the Australian Broadcasting Corporation

the United States of America

the United Nations Organisation

However, when the abbreviation is an acronym (a group of initials that can be pronounced like a word), the is not used unless it is written out in full.

Examples

NATO the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
ASEAN the Association of South East Asian Nations
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