# Is the "South" a proper or common noun? Is it only proper if preceded by the word "the"?

Jul 20, 2016

Can be both.

#### Explanation:

It can be a proper and a common noun. It would be a proper noun if referred to as a region. It would be a common noun if referred to as a direction.

Examples:

$\text{People who lived in the South generally supported slavery.}$ PROPER NOUN

$\text{After this turn, head south for a few miles.}$
COMMON NOUN