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    Default "Eastern European" or "East European"

    Please advise which one is correct - "Eastern European" or "East European"??
    On a similar case - "South-Eastern European" or "South-East European"?

    If you could explain, that would be great!

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: "Eastern European" or "East European"

    Quote Originally Posted by himalai View Post
    Please advise which one is correct - "Eastern European" or "East European"??
    On a similar case - "South-Eastern European" or "South-East European"?

    If you could explain, that would be great!

    Thanks!
    'Eastern' sounds more common to me.
    Bulgaria is an Eastern European country. It's in Eastern Europe.
    In general, neither is wrong. It's a matter of usage.

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    Default Re: "Eastern European" or "East European"

    Thank you! My only concern is whether, in case we have a "double" or "triple" adjective, all words should have suffixes, or only the last one? Is there a rule? Because for "South East European", we cannot say "Southern Eastern European", or "South Eastern European", right

    Have a nice day

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    Default Re: "Eastern European" or "East European"

    Quote Originally Posted by himalai View Post
    Thank you! My only concern is whether, in case we have a "double" or "triple" adjective, all words should have suffixes, or only the last one? Is there a rule? Because for "South East European", we cannot say "Southern Eastern European", or "South Eastern European", right

    Have a nice day
    With someone from the South East of Europe, I would say a "South-Eastern European".

    When there are two directions used in a phrase, we normally add the ending to the second (if we add an ending at all):

    A south-westerly wind.
    A North-Western European.
    A South-East accent. (This may be somewhat colloquial.)

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