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What is correct?

I would like to know what of these sentences are correct:

-In the big countries

-In big countries

Aug 31, 2016 11:01 AM
Comments · 6

"In the big countries" when you have specific big countries in mind (because of a definite article)
"In big countries" when you speak about any big countries   (if this part of a sentence was written in a singular form - In a big country - there would be an indefinite article. In the plural, the indefinite article is omitted)

I wonder what it's like to live in the big countries (US, Canada, Brazil, Russia, etc)
I wonder what it's like to live in big countries (in general, with no specific countries in mind)

August 31, 2016
It depends on the context, but for most cases, simply saying 'in big countries' should be fine. I tried to come up with an example where you would say 'in the big countries', and couldn't come up with one.
August 31, 2016

Hey Sara:)

Well, I think the is not required in this sentence as "In big countries" is right.

But "the" is relevant if you write--Russia is the biggest country(before the superlative degree) or before those countries whose name includes words like--Kingdom,States or Republic  Or countries which have plural nouns as their names like--the Netherlands; the Philippines.

Please correct me If I'm wrong.Thank you:)

August 31, 2016

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September 1, 2016
I agree with Alexander.  I couldn't think of an example where you need to say 'THE big countries' and he came up with one.  Wouldn't you know it - it took a non-native speaker to figure it out!  :-)
September 1, 2016
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