I am so excited to be called on another international mission trip! A team of 16 are preparing to travel to Ukraine in August. We will be teaching English, working with orphans, and most importantly, sharing God’s love and word. It is exciting to me to return to a part of Europe where I have previously traveled. I have been on a mission trip to Moldova as well as visited Hungary and am looking forward to visiting its neighboring land, Ukraine.
Notice I didn’t say “THE” Ukraine. Don’t beat yourself up if that is how you refer to it. (Did you just stop to wonder the last time you said “the” Ukraine?) Eh, no big deal. It happens to be best of us and more than likely, the most of us. I’ve been doing some research on that very topic. I found a great article written by Andrew Gregorovich. He writes:
“Does English grammar require the definite article the before Ukraine? Ukraine is the name of an independent country. There are only two groups of countries which require the article in English: Those with plural names such as the United States or the Netherlands. The others have names with adjectival or compound forms which require the article, such as the United Kingdom, the Dominion of Canada, or the Ukrainian SSR. English grammar does not require a definite article before the names of singular countries such as England, Canada or Ukraine.”
Actually, in December of 1991 a referendum confirmed the independence of Ukraine. At this time the White House in Washington, D.C. officially announced that it would discontinue use of the definite article before the name Ukraine.
I am pretty sure you can add this information in your “You learn something new everyday” file. But, please know if you are praying for this trip, the people of Ukraine, this mission team and you accidentally say “THE” Ukraine in your prayers…its all good. God knows exactly what you are praying for. Oh, and if you are making a financial support donation for this team it is just fine if you write “THE” Ukraine in the subject line of the check. Really, it is just fine.
Stay tuned for more very informative Ukraine blog posts by me. There might be a quiz later.
And…I think Kramer and George should have read my blog: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzLtF_PxbYw