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north, northern

np36Super Member!


Dear Teacher,

           What is the difference between north and northern? Should I say I live in the north part (or northern part of Thailand)? Thank you very much. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


07:27 PM Dec 26 2008 |

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Teacher AmySuper Member!

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Hi! In general, we use "Northern," "Southern," etc. to refer to a geographical area, while "North," "South," etc. are compass points that are sometimes used in the names of countries, continents, or states, such as North Korea, South America, North Carolina. So you should say you live in the northern part of Thailand.


Thanks for your question! 

05:36 PM Dec 29 2008 |