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    Lightbulb north,northern or northerly?

    Example sentence:
    The settlement was the ( ) point of the district and was quite isolated.
    (a) most north
    (b) northern
    (c) northerly
    (d) most northerly

    I think "northerly" is seldom used to describe a location and "northern" in this case seems a bit weird.
    Using "most north" in this sentence just doesn't sound right.
    Maybe "northernmost" would be a better answer?

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    Re: north,northern or northerly?

    Quote Originally Posted by gary17 View Post
    Maybe "northernmost" would be a better answer?
    It would.

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    #3

    Re: north,northern or northerly?

    Quote Originally Posted by gary17 View Post
    Example sentence:
    The settlement was the ( ) point of the district and was quite isolated.
    (a) most north
    (b) northern
    (c) northerly
    (d) most northerly

    I think "northerly" is seldom used to describe a location and "northern" in this case seems a bit weird.
    Using "most north" in this sentence just doesn't sound right.
    Maybe "northernmost" would be a better answer?
    I don't see "northernmost" as one of your choices!

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    Re: north,northern or northerly?

    Quote Originally Posted by Amigos4 View Post
    I don't see "northernmost" as one of your choices!
    I think that's the point the OP was making with "Maybe "northernmost" would be a ​better answer".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: north,northern or northerly?

    What about "most northerly" in this sentence?
    I seldom see the word "northerly" used in writing... is it archaic?

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    #6

    Re: north,northern or northerly?

    hi,
    Please note I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker;

    I'd go for remote or far instead of most as superlatives of distance.

    the remotest northern point of the district
    the remotest north point of the district
    the far north point of the district
    the furtherest northern point of the district
    the furtherest north point of the district

    Does any of it sound natural ?

    just checked in BNC for the phrases +point
    (a) most north (0 )
    (b) northern (2 hits)
    (c) northerly (0 )
    (d) most northerly (6 hits)
    Cheers
    Last edited by Jaskin; 13-Jun-2013 at 15:48.

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    Re: north,northern or northerly?

    Quote Originally Posted by gary17 View Post
    What about "most northerly" in this sentence? That is the best choice in that sentence.

    I seldom see the word "northerly" used in writing... is it archaic? Not at all — it's very common. 'Northerly wind', 'northerly direction' etc.
    Rover

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    Re: north,northern or northerly?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaskin View Post
    hi,
    Please note I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker;

    I'd go for remote or far instead of most as superlatives of distance.

    the remotest northern point of the district
    the remotest north point of the district
    the far north point of the district
    the furtherest northern point of the district Furthest, farthest.
    the furtherest north point of the district
    Some of these are problematic, and none is better than "the most northerly point of the district".
    "Remotest" could be wrong. There may be a few remote northern points in the district. The most remote might not be the most northern.
    "Furthest" also potentially has this problem. Note: it's not furtherest.
    "The far north point" isn't a superlative.

    furtherest - Wiktionary

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    #9

    Re: north,northern or northerly?

    Quote Originally Posted by gary17 View Post
    Example sentence:
    The settlement was the ( ) point of the district and was quite isolated.
    (a) most north
    (b) northern
    (c) northerly
    (d) most northerly

    I think "northerly" is seldom used to describe a location and "northern" in this case seems a bit weird.
    Using "most north" in this sentence just doesn't sound right.
    Maybe "northernmost" would be a better answer?
    I know it wasn't an option (a mistake in the question), but I cast my vote with those who have suggested "northermost".

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    Re: north,northern or northerly?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I know it wasn't an option (a mistake in the question), but I cast my vote with those who have suggested "northermost".
    Me too. Northernmost.
    Last edited by probus; 14-Jun-2013 at 15:16.

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