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    points of the compass,title and comma

    Hi native English speakers!

    I have a few questions that I'm sure someone out there can help me with.

    1. The view from the prison to/towards the Golden Gate Bridge in/to the west and San Fransisco in/to the south is unique.

    2. The prison was shut down by (the) Attorney General Robert ....(with or without the)

    3. For many years the cable car has been the big/biggest tourist attraction.

    4. In 1960 the city experienced a violent earthquake, which immediately started an awful fire.(comma or not)

    This is what I think sounds the best, but are the other options still acceptable English?
    1. towards+to the east
    2. both with ot without article sounds ok
    3. both are ok
    4. with comma, since you're adding additional information

    I'm looking forward to some answers from native speakers.

    Nille
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    #2

    Re: points of the compass,title and comma

    2 I prefer it with. (BrE speaker)

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    #3

    Re: points of the compass,title and comma

    Thanks.
    How about the other sentences?

    Nille

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    #4

    Re: points of the compass,title and comma

    Quote Originally Posted by nille12345 View Post
    Hi native English speakers!

    I have a few questions that I'm sure someone out there can help me with.

    1. The view from the prison to/towards the Golden Gate Bridge in/to the west and San Fransisco in/to the south is unique.

    2. The prison was shut down by (the) Attorney General Robert ....(with or without the)

    3. For many years the cable car has been the big/biggest tourist attraction.

    4. In 1960 the city experienced a violent earthquake, which immediately started an awful fire.(comma or not)

    This is what I think sounds the best, but are the other options still acceptable English?
    1. towards+to the east
    2. both with ot without article sounds ok
    3. both are ok
    4. with comma, since you're adding additional information

    I'm looking forward to some answers from native speakers.

    Nille
    1. Definite article required
    2. British traditionally required a definite article before job titles except military ranks and a few specific titles such as royal and aristocratic title + name and President (as in Head of State). However, we are beginning to follow the American lead and drop it now.
    3. Both Ok
    4. You are correct

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