Hi there,

it's a long time that I have the ambiguity in distinguishing these words : state,county,shire,province,region,etc.

Thank anyone who could clarify these for me.

Iman
They are all names of areas within a country, and the choice mostly depends on national habit. The US has states (divided into counties), England has shires, Canada has provinces, and Japan has prefectures. 'Region' is rather a vague word; as a political division, I can think only of 'autonomous region'.
Dear MM,

Thank you for the fuitful hint.

How many states do we have in the US? 52? And what does D.C stand for in Washington D.C? Is it district of Colombia? And is there any connection between this abbreviation and the first wise president of the US who were originally from Colombia?

Plaese let me know a bit about this history?

Regards

Iman
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How many states do we have in the US? 52?-- No. 50.

And what does D.C stand for in Washington D.C.? Is it District of Colombia? -- Yes.

And is there any connection between this abbreviation and the first wise president of the US who were originally from Colombia?-- And who would that be?

Plaese let me know a bit about this history?-- [url=http://www.usahistory.info ] US HISTORY[/url].
Thank you Mistre Micawber

Regards

Iman
It's the District of Columbia, not the District of Colombia. It has nothing to do with the country Colombia.
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