Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45
I think America is the only "country" that has states and not each state as a country.
There isn't any country that has states within it that are countries
I don't get why it's confusing to refer to the USA as America. That's its name - just a shortening. It's a country, within a continent. Of course you will refer to each country by its own name.
So to use the example used earlier - it is different to refer to `going to Europe and America' as it is to `going to France and America'. In the first instance you are talking about visiting a continent and a country. In the second instance you are being more specific about going to two separate countries.
If you were just going to France and said you were going to Europe, you wouldn't be wrong, because France is IN Europe, and so you're going to both.
But you can't say you're going to Canada and also say you're going to America and think you're meaning the same thing, because they're different countries. If you said `I'm going to North America' when referring to your trip to Canada then you'd be right - because that's the continent Canada is IN.
Even though I've managed to make it sound as confusing as possible, it isn't really. Continent, country, state, city.... it's pretty clear cut.