America 1 or 2 continents?

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America 1 or 2 continents?

Post by Colleen0701 » 01 Nov 2017, 06:12

I wrote the prehistory of the America's, meaning the prehistory of both North and South America. Surely writing the prehistory of America is correct if one is referring to both continents? :tiphat:
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Post by DustinPBrown » 02 Nov 2017, 17:06

It entirely depends on where you live and what you were taught.

In the US and Canada, it's taught as being two separate continents. In Europe, it's taught as being one continent. In other parts of the world, Europe and Asia aren't considered separate continents.

Saying prehistory of America to mean what you want is totally fine, though if you wanna make sure there's no confusion, you might say prehistory of the Americas.

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Post by Kylou » 02 Nov 2017, 17:26

I fully agree with DustinPBrown. The two are generally taught to be separate although they are on one mass of land. Writing prehistory of America can be confusing.

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Post by Colleen0701 » 03 Nov 2017, 00:06

Thank you
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Post by Tahir1990 » 03 Nov 2017, 02:36

DustinPBrown wrote:It entirely depends on where you live and what you were taught.

In the US and Canada, it's taught as being two separate continents. In Europe, it's taught as being one continent. In other parts of the world, Europe and Asia aren't considered separate continents.

Saying prehistory of America to mean what you want is totally fine, though if you wanna make sure there's no confusion, you might say prehistory of the Americas.
Here in pakistan we were taught america as one continent.

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Post by CommMayo » 16 Nov 2017, 23:30

As an American, I think of the two continents being North America and South America. When I hear "America," I think of The United States of America. When I hear "The Americas," I think of both continents.

Sounds like it depends on your audience.

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Post by Miriam Molina » 17 Nov 2017, 00:16

Based on my school knowledge, there are seven continents: Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America.

North America includes Canada, mainland USA and Central America.

However, when I say or hear America (or American), I mean (and presume) the USA. I always thought that was a given. Now, I'm not so sure.

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