"the" before country name

Doug Harris cats22 at FRONTIERNET.NET
Mon May 12 11:17:47 UTC 2008

I could be behind the times, but last time I was aware, the British
still said "the Palestine".

The Netherlands and (formerly) the Ukraine are the only examples of country
names with "the" that come to mind.
John Baker

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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