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- My compass is pointing North.
- My compass says this is North.
Do these sound good?
- My compass is pointing the North.
- My compass says this is the North.
Would it be better to add "the"?
No to the first phrase. You'd have to add "to": "My compass is pointing to the North". But there is nothing wrong with saying "My compass is pointing north"
The second is OK, but adding "the" isn't necessary. As I said in my previous post, you'd also need to point in the direction that the the needle is indicating.
Oyaho. Both are equally good, but mean different things: If you are holding the compass toward the north, it will point north. But if you are pointing it in another direction, it can still tell you which way is north.
North is not an adverb there, it's a noun, and "pointing north" is a fixed expression, meaning "indicating the direction of the north pole."