Citizens of the United States, where states are smaller subdivisions of the country, are sometimes surprised to see “states” referring instead to foreign countries. Note that the US Department of State deals with foreign affairs, not those of US states. Clearly distinguish these two uses of “state” in your writing.
Toward faux pas–free pronunciation and spelling: Paul Brians' latest blog post deals with how English speakers handle French vocabulary.
Hi, States doesn't just mean the United States, http://www.thefreedictionary.com/stateReplyDelete
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