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    My compass is pointing North

    Hello.

    - My compass is pointing North.
    - My compass says this is North.

    Do these sound good?


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    Re: My compass is pointing North

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    - My compass is pointing North.
    - My compass says this is North.

    Do these sound good?
    The first one is better. You can use the second in a colloquial sense: the compass doesn't speak, and can't "say", but this can still be used. Someone might look at a newspaper and say "it says here that it's going to rain". So the second expression can be used. You'd have to be pointing with your finger or arm towards the North (or at least be facing that way) when you say it though, because the "this" in the sentence is a direction.

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    Re: My compass is pointing North

    - My compass is pointing the North.
    - My compass says this is the North.

    Would it be better to add "the"?


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    Re: My compass is pointing North

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    - 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.


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    Re: My compass is pointing North

    Quote Originally Posted by jeremy.h View Post
    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.


    Jeremy
    Thank you, Jeremy.

    "My compass is pointing north."

    Is this north an adverb?

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    Re: My compass is pointing North

    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."

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