bakit ang philippines may "the"? — PinoyExchange

bakit ang philippines may "the"?

example, the philippines and china, hongkong, australia.. etc..

made in the philippines.
made in china. (not made in the china)
made in hongkong. (not made in the hongkong)
made in australia. (not made in the australia)

i live in the philippines.
i live in china. (not i live in the china)
i live in hongkong. (not i live in the hongkong)



  • "the" Philippines is an archipelago which means that it embodies over 7000 islands each with its own distinct name. unlike other countries which have only one single lang mass which they would call under a mother name (eg. china, hongkong, australia etc..)

    the term "philippines" is used as a collective so as not to confuse it with any one of the islands that it contains. hence, we would necessarily have to provide an article which would connote uniqueness and at the same time universality, which is satisfied by the article "the."
  • do we call Indonesia, "The" Indonesia?
  • Good point.

    I think it's just a convention from the shortening of "the Philippine islands" just as we refer to the Cayman islands as "the Caymans".
  • do we call Indonesia, "The" Indonesia?
    no, but we call it "the indonesian isands" or, the entire region as "the indonesian region"

    similarly, we call places in American region the "americas" or the unified states as "the united states of America"
  • Yuri_Prime
    Yuri_Prime god-playing megalomaniac
    I think it has something to do with the people. The normal convension with English and Spanish noun usually goes like this...

    American - Americano
    Mexican - Mexicano
    Italian - Italiano


    Filipino is really a Spanish term, so when translated to English the end will be the same word minus letter "o".

    Filipino - Philippine <singular>
    Philippines <plural>

    Although English speakers also use the term "Filipino" (plural:Filipinos), Philippine is also a proper term to refer to the people.

    Philippines is the name of the country, and is also used to refer to the plural form of the name of its citizens. I think the word "the" is added to imply that the subject "Philippines" is not a human being, and therefore the nation.

    Anyway it's just my thought. I'm not really sure if that is the case.


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  • i think Raven answered the question
  • illuminatty
    illuminatty spay/neuter ur pet
    this baffles me too.

    aside from the philippines, there are other countries that go with the article THE, aside from "the USA", there is "the UK"... there's also "the Netherlands" -- which is NOT an island.

    heto pa...

    --the ivory coast
    --the USSR (but not "the russia")

    oh well. no big deal. :)
  • 1. I can answer all of them why there is a THE except for the ivory coast because i dont know anything about it.

    a. The (copying Russel) is a lazy article.

    it really wants to say: Pople of the various groups that comprises _______

    1. the US. Because of its history. 13 states joining in a confederation.

    2. The UK. It is s collection of various island people that joined by force under the leadership of the King of england ( or Queen)

    3. same with the UN and The commonwealth.

    4. The USSR and the Netherlands <-- same reason.

    5. however, italy should be like this too?
  • tequilapj
    tequilapj nobody can eat 50 eggs
    we add "the" to "philippines" because of the letter "s"

    the philippines
    the netherlands
    the united statesof america
    the virgin islandss
    the cayman islands

    in french, "aux" is added before the philippines, the US and the netherlands because these are considered "plural" nouns.
    Thus, when you want to say "I am going to..." you add "the"; as in the following...

    Je vais aux Philippines
    Je vais aux Etats Unis
    Je vais aux Pays Bas (Netherlands)

    other countries, we use "en" (for "masculine" countries) and "de" (for "feminine" countries) (Je vais en France...etc...) (I hope I'm right, my French teacher would kill me...) :sweatdrop:

    as for the United Kingdom and the former USSR, well, i think it's because we use "united" and "union" to describe a group of people or territories. we therefore need to use the definitive article "the".

    lemme know if i'm making sense (or not...) :teehee:
  • para yang pag-ibig.
    walang rason.
    ganun lang talaga.

  • dikya
    dikya nosce te ipsum
    parang yung "the" eraserheads. ....bakit nga ba may "the"?

  • incuboobs
    incuboobs moving on...
    ang galing nyo!!!

    dapat siguro tawag sakin "the incuboobs":D:D:D
  • thehitman
    thehitman The best there is
    The Hague?

    Oh yeah, I'm The Hitman! :bounce2:

  • Originally posted by mikka
    do we call Indonesia, "The" Indonesia?
    Further to Ischaramoochie's answer, we do not say "the Indonesia" because the suffix "-nesia" itself denotes an archipelago.

    Some examples: Polynesia (a group of many islands), Micronesia (a group of small islands), and Indonesia (if my stocked knowledge serves me right, Indonesia was formerly known as the Dutch East Indies, hence a group of Indie islands... hmmm...).

    If we want to remove the "the" from "the Philippines", maybe we can say "Philippinesia" or "United Philippine Islands." But that would be violating the Constitution already.
  • UPI still needs the article "the" :)
  • Chase_Meridian
    Chase_Meridian POWER. PLEASURE. PAIN.
    Originally posted by Ischaramoochie
    UPI still needs the article "the" :)

  • Yes, thanks for the correction Ischaramoochie. Bura bura. I'm so ***** talaga. Grabe.
  • jaypogi
    jaypogi hmm... pogi ba talaga?
    tama yung sabi ni tequi...

    sinabi na to nung teacher namin sa history.. pero hindi ako nakikinig dahil I hate history, sana nakinig ako, hindi ko naman kasing alam na ipopost rito sa PEx... :glee:
  • Dapat pala "thebrains" ako!:D
  • unless u r referring to the Russellian 'the'.
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