Do the following sentences read well?
They live in Northeast Africa.
They live in the Northeast of Africa.
I'd use one of the following;
They live in north-eastern Africa.
They live in the north-east of Africa.
They live in north-east Africa.
We capitalise compass points when they are part of a name:
Last edited by Rover_KE; 25-Sep-2011 at 10:33.
Originally Posted by Offroad
NOTE: NOT A TEACHER
(1) Teacher Fivejedjon has given us the answers.
(2) I only wish to say that it is my opinion (opinion!) that most Americans
would find the hyphen unnecessary and even distracting.
(3) I think (think) that most Americans would write:
Egypt is in northeast Africa. (A simple description of its geographical location.)
(4) I also think that you could capitalize "northeast" IF you were writing a scholarly
paper and were considering the area as a particular and distinctive (special) unit:
"This article will address the political, economic, and social challenges of
(a) For example, here in the United States, we would write something like:
"Despite the world recession, more and more tourists are coming to Southern
California because of its wonderful weather and many attractions, such as
Hollywood and Disneyland."
(i) We consider the words "Southern California" to be more than simply a geographical
term. On the other hand (and I say this with the greatest respect), we would
probably write: My friends are vacationing in southern Utah." The reason being that
we are referring only to a geographical area. With the greatest respect, there is
nothing in southern Utah that gives it any distinction.