Directions Definite Article


Rule 7.6: Use the definite article when a compass direction immediately follows a preposition.


The oldest cities in the United States are found in the eastern part of the country.
Look to the north and you will Polaris.
Life was better on the western front than on the eastern front.


Rule 7.7: Do not use the definite article when a compass direction immediately follows a verb.


Go West, young man.
Birds usually fly south for the winter.
Drive north until you hit Alaska.


Exercise 9: Fill in the blanks with the or Ø.