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Re: Double impact at K-T boundary ?
Dann Pigdon <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Technically it should only be used if there is a plural in the name of
> the country, such as 'The Netherlands' of 'The United States', or if
> there is an adjective or compound form, such as 'The United Kingdom'.
> Geographic regions that are not discrete countries also get away with it
> (the Arctic, for example).
Or "the Outback". :-)
There are no hard-and-fast rules. This is English, after all. As languages
go, it's full of inconsistencies and contradictions. Here in Australia, we say
"Western Australia", but "the Northern Territory".
> There are no articles in the Ukrainian language, so they themselves have
> certainly never called the country/region 'The Ukraine'. Even before its
> borders were more strictly defined in 1917, the definite article only
> appeared during the 20th century, and only in some English translations.
The name "Ukraine" appears to have begun as a vague geographic region before it
became a nation. I think Sudan falls into the same category.
Besides, if we English-speakers were sticklers for the conventions of local
languages, we would be referring to Deutschland, Shqiperia, Hayastan and Misr
rather than Germany, Albania, Armenia and Egypt. Old habits die hard.