Why do we use 'The ' before The Netherlands ,The USA ,The UK ? EXPLAIN IT
'The' is not used before the name of countries but if the name of country contains words like : States,Kingdom,Republic then we use 'the' before them...for eg - The USA, The USSR,The UK, The Republic of Ireland, The Domonican Republic...
The is used Before abbreviations also...
THE is used before these countries as an exception as The is not used before all the countries. THE Punjab is also right.
All Neutral place so use of "the"
Because these are single in the world. So we have to use the before these words.