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    Southeast Asia

    Hello,
    Could anyone help me explain why we use "Southeast Asia" rather than "Asia Southeast"?
    Does phrase "Asia Southeast" have any meaning?

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    Re: Southeast Asia

    Hi,

    Because "Southeast" is acting as a modifier (adjective) of Asia. Therefore, it must come before the noun it modifies.

    charliedeut
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Southeast Asia

    Thank you.
    But in order to say about countries in Southeast Asia can I use "Asia Southeast":
    The countries of
    Asia Southeast are very different and their cultures have little in common.
    In this sentence can I use Southeast as a noun and Asia as an
    adjective?
    Last edited by anhnha; 29-Aug-2012 at 15:11. Reason: typo: country -> countries

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    Re: Southeast Asia

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    Thank you.
    But in order to say about countries in Southeast Asia can I use "Asia Southeast":
    The country of
    Asia Southeast are very different and their cultures have little in common.
    In this sentence can I use Southeast as a noun and Asia as an
    adjective?
    IMO, no.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Southeast Asia

    You could say "the countries of Asia's southeast."

    But "southeast Asia" is the normal and common way to express this.

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