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“The Ukraine is Weak!”

By posted at 4:00 pm on June 9, 2012 1

Ever wonder why some countries get a fancy “the” in front of their names?





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One Response to ““The Ukraine is Weak!””

  1. Johanna van Zanten
    at 4:45 pm on June 9, 2012

    I think I know why in the case of The Netherlands: because it’s a nation that originally existed of a number of city states that formed a republic and the plural nature is maintained in the name.
    About Ukraine, I don’t believe it needs to be “The” Ukriane and in the EU in some languages they do not say that nation’s name with “the” in front of it, so not sure about that one!
    Johanna van Zanten

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