29829Re: GRAMMAR: Another eighteen countries...
- Feb 1, 2006
>Technically, it's not any more. It was ok to use the article when it
> It's permissible to write "the Ukraine". In the Oxford American
> dictionary I've just looked it up in, it's not listed as the most
> common way to refer to the country, but it's allowed.
was a region of the USSR, which is why many native English speakers of
a certain age (including myself) feel it more natural to say "the
Since it's become a country, however, its official name is
just "Ukraine." I know for a fact that many media outlets (such as
the BBC) insist on this usage and editors will nix the article if it's
in any submissions to them.
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