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|English term or phrase: West Africa or Western Africa?|
|There is no context to speak of, the phrase appears in a text I am proof-reading (a translation from Japanese). It is a subtitle to a photograph that says simply: |
The granaries of Western Africa.
My instinct tells me it should be West Africa or western Africa, but now that I've started second-guessing myself, I can't decide....
|English translation:Hey Yuri!|
My faithful Collins indicates that there appears to be no diffence between the two.
Certainly I would call it West africa, if talking of the specific geographical and political area, whereas I would say "western" if distinguishing it from eastern Africa, or northen Africa.
Just think - when talking of Tunisia and Algeria do you say North Africa or northern Africa. I say the former. It's the same.
I would make the caption read "granaries in western Africa" or "West African granaries".
"The granaries of Western Africa" makes it sound like some monumental thing or as if it's all of the granaries there are there.
I prefer the second version myself
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West or Western
First of all your question is very interesting and so the answers produced (this is my mote to write this to you)
I think the usage is important, so, talking in general, I prefer West Africa. However, I'd say "granaries in western Africa" or "in West Africa" both would be right. I think the comment about western as thought in opposition to eastern,etc. is correct. REalize West may be both an adjective or a noun, while western is only an adj.(except for the films)
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