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    Hello,

    Should I put the definite article the before True North in sentences like

    He lived in ... True North with his tribe or
    He explored ... True North for years?

    in here the noun group referres to the region of the globe, not the direction, right?

    Thanks,

    Ewelina

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    Re: direction?

    Hello Ewelina

    Yes, I would put a "the" there -- though it's a very unusual phrase!

    All the best,

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    Re: direction?

    I found the term in Wikipedia. It is very similar to phrases in other languages like Russian and Polish (Daleka Północ).

    The True North is a precise geographic term, defining the area lying somewhere above the Arctic Circle with strict latitude and longitude.

    Ewelina

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    Re: direction?

    I am completely lost with it. I double checked the term, and I am still not sure after all if it is a region or a direction only.

    The region would have been rather called the Remote North or Far North. I am talking about the literary use of these terms (the Snow Queen, Kai and Gerda, Father Christmas etc.)

    True North is the measurement difference between the Geographic and Magnetic North.

    Can someone - very wise and patient and beautiful - confirm that for me please?

    Most grateful,

    Ewelina

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    Re: direction?

    Hello Ewelina

    I'm only familiar with "true North" in the "directional" sense, meaning the direction towards the North Pole (as opposed to "magnetic North"). So it would usually appear in a navigational context.

    You can talk about the North Pole for the region (that's where Father Christmas, etc. live).

    The Far North and the Remote North tend to be used in a vaguer sense: they relate more to the speaker's position.

    Does that help?

    All the best,

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    Re: direction?

    Most certainly, thank you

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