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    The latest report by the International Atomic Energy Agency says Iranian officials told inspectors that the production of such particles "may happen for technical reasons beyond the operator's control".
    Iran insists its nuclear work is purely peaceful, but Western countries fear it is seeking nuclear weapons, which require uranium enriched up to 90%.

    The West is very concerned about Iran's ability to enrich uranium up to 20%, amid fears Tehran could be trying to develop a nuclear weapon.



    In the above you will read the words 'Western countries' and 'The West is very ... '

    Is it necessary to write ' Western ' and 'West ' ?
    I think just 'western' and 'west' is all right.

    You can't write ' iran ' . It should be ' Iran' .
    Those western and west are not countries

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    Re: Western and West

    They're not countries, but something larger. It's still a proper noun meaning a certain group of countries. It's not just an arbitrary direction, like saying "the west of Africa is very hot."

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    Re: Western and West

    Thanks for the reply.
    We don't say or write 'south Africa'. It is 'South Africa'.

    There is no country called north Africa.
    North Africa consist several countries.
    Some people in north Africa are French speakers. [ Do you say 'north' or 'North' in this sentence?]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tina3 View Post
    Thanks for the reply.
    We don't say or write 'south Africa'. It is 'South Africa'.

    There is no country called north Africa.
    North Africa consist several countries.
    Some people in north Africa are French speakers. [ Do you say 'north' or 'North' in this sentence?]
    Again, North Africa is a recognised part of the world so it attracts capitalisation. If I said "some of the countries in northern Africa", it would only be relevant to the area to the north of the continent.

    It is the same as the way we say "People in the West have a better standard of living than those in the East" or "There are a lot of good things about Western society". "The West" is a recognised term for a collection of First World countries (high standard of living, financially more wealthy etc).
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    Thank you
    How about south India and south America?

    I will travel to south America.
    I will travel to south India.
    Are both wrong?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tina3 View Post
    Thank you
    How about south India and south America?

    I will travel to south America.
    I will travel to south India.
    Are both wrong?
    In normal usage, "South America" attracts capitalisation because it is actually the official name of that part of the American continent.

    In my opinion, I might use "South India" for a specific part of the country or "southern India" for an unspecific area just in the south of India. I don't know if "South India" actually is a recognised part of India with official boundaries. I'm sure someone else will be able to clarify that.

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