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