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By kanga
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PeteSpencer wrote:Aaaah! The Ukraine argument all over again.

Now where's my Swedish phrasebook.?............... :roll:

Peter.


.. and just for fun. Swedish is one of several European and other languages which uses a postpositive article. The Glenlivet would be Glenlivetan, if common gender ..

</Linguist nerd :) >
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By akg1486
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PeteSpencer wrote:Aaaah! The Ukraine argument all over again.

Now where's my Swedish phrasebook.?............... :roll:

Peter.

A drift from the jokes, but how many countries have a definite article in English? The United States, The UK and The Phillipines (probably misspelled...) and possibly The Ukraine come to mind. And The Czech Republic if you don’t say Czechia. Oh: and The Netherlands. Any others?

In Portuguese it’s easy: all countries have a definite article, except Portugal. In French I think all have, in German I believe very few like Die Vereinigen Staten (USA).
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By akg1486
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kanga wrote:
PeteSpencer wrote:Aaaah! The Ukraine argument all over again.

Now where's my Swedish phrasebook.?............... :roll:

Peter.


.. and just for fun. Swedish is one of several European and other languages which uses a postpositive article. The Glenlivet would be Glenlivetan, if common gender ..

</Linguist nerd :) >

Actually, it’s Glenliveten. The last vowel could possibly be ”a” in the Stockholm dialect. How do I know? Not a clue; it’s just one of those things. :D
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By Bill Haddow
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akg1486 wrote:
A drift from the jokes, but how many countries have a definite article in English? The United States, The UK and The Phillipines (probably misspelled...) and possibly The Ukraine come to mind. And The Czech Republic if you don’t say Czechia. Oh: and The Netherlands. Any others?



Quite a few I would think. All "The Republic of . .", "The People's Republic of . . ", plus stuff like The Philippines, The United Arab Emirates, The Solomon Islands, and so on.

Bill H
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By Trent772
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Lady walks into a geordie hairdresser.

"Can you give me a perm ?"

"Certainly Madam...... Ah wandered lernly as a clood"
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By Trent772
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The local bus company is charging overweight people double as they take up two seats.

Harsh butt fare.
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By nallen
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Bill Haddow wrote:
akg1486 wrote:
A drift from the jokes, but how many countries have a definite article in English? The United States, The UK and The Phillipines (probably misspelled...) and possibly The Ukraine come to mind. And The Czech Republic if you don’t say Czechia. Oh: and The Netherlands. Any others?



Quite a few I would think. All "The Republic of . .", "The People's Republic of . . ", plus stuff like The Philippines, The United Arab Emirates, The Solomon Islands, and so on.


According to sources cited herein (which also explains why it's just Ukraine), only The Bahamas and The Gambia have the definite article as part of their official name:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18233844
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By Bill Haddow
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nallen wrote:
According to sources cited herein (which also explains why it's just Ukraine), only The Bahamas and The Gambia have the definite article as part of their official name:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18233844


Well, from https://www.uae-embassy.org/about-uae/t ... 7-emirates we get “The United Arab Emirates”

and from https://www.gov.ph/about-the-philippines we get “The Republic of the Philippines”

(I didn't bother checking any others)

so if their respective governments want the definite article . . .

Bill H
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