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    northern, easter, western, southern (capitals or lower case?

    Is there a rule in grammar that says when northern, southern, eastern, western should be capitals?

    e.g northern Europe, Eastern Germany, western Russian, Southern France

    I always want to have capitals

    Is there a right or wrong?

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    Directions are not normally capitalized unless they are part of the name of a region that has more or less specific boundaries. Thus:
    • northern Europe
      western Russia
      southern France
      Eastern Europe


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    They are adjectives, so should only be capitalised when they are parts of names, or, as Ron says, recognised areas.

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