directions : Common Errors in English

About directions

Compass points like “north,” “east,” “south,” and “west” are not capitalized when they are mere directions: the geese fly south for the winter and the sun sets in the west.Capitalize these words only in the names of specific places identifiable on a map: Alabama is in the Deep South (the region which includes the Southern States) and Santa Claus lives at the North Pole.The same pattern holds for the adjectival forms. It’s a southern exposure, but Southern hospitality. Note that "The Westward Movement" (now often called the “Westward Expansion”) refers to a specific series of migrations toward a specific region in the western part of the US.

directions in News

  1. Saw Mill River Parkway closed in both directions due to flooding

    The Saw Mill River Parkway was closed in both directions Friday morning from the Taconic State Parkway interchange to Manville Road because of flooding, Westchester County police said at 5:22 a.m. Police did not report any other closures.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: The Journal News

  2. Colorado wildfire destroys at least 360 homes

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A voracious wildfire driven in all directions by shifting winds destroyed at least 360 homes — a number that was likely to climb as the most destructive blaze in Colorado history burned out of control for a third day through miles of tinder-dry woods.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  3. Bay Bridge reopened in both directions

    The Chesapeake Bay Bridge has reopened in both directions after closing due to the passing storm.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Washington Post

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