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    Northeast

    Dear teachers

    Do the following sentences read well?

    They live in Northeast Africa.
    They live in the Northeast of Africa.


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    Re: Northeast

    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.


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    Re: Northeast

    We capitalise compass points when they are part of a name:

    South Africa

    North Korea

    East Timor
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 25-Sep-2011 at 11:33.

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    Re: Northeast

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    Dear teachers

    Do the following sentences read well?

    They live in Northeast Africa.
    They live in the Northeast of Africa.

    Thanks

    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

    Northeast Africa."

    (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.

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