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How many times have you heard "the World Health Organisation" in the last couple of years?

I'm sure at least ten times a day during the height of the pandemic.

Did you ever wonder why it was always called 'the' World Health Organisation and not just World Health Organisation?


All organisations require us to use 'the' in front of their names. Other examples include:

  • the United Nations

  • the Red Cross

  • the European Union

"Wash your hands regularly is the advice of the World Health Organisation."

"Following the earthquake in the Philippines the Red Cross has sent extra volunteers to help."


Next time you listen to or read the news see if you can spot some other examples.


Hopefully this blog post will have helped you to answer the following question:



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