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Isn't the shortened "dem" in "im" and "der" considered Artikel? That's right. Probably, the linked dictionary should rather state that for meaning 1), the term "Westen" can be used without an article, though there are also occurrences with an article, depending on how the word is used. Furthermore, as you correctly ...


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The dictionary says that Westen has a number of meanings. Point 1. explains that it is one of the four compass directions. If Westen is used as a compass direction - and only in that case - it occurs without article. In all others contexts it is used with article. Here are some examples without article. Der Wind weht aus Westen. Das Schiff fährt nach ...


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