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    You drive a thousand miles west to get to the West.

    Can you please explain to me why the "West" (why not west) in this sentence is correct.

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    Re: Capitalization

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    You drive a thousand miles west to get to the West.

    Can you please explain to me why the "West" (why not west) in this sentence is correct.

    Thanks in advance.
    "The west" is a noun in your sentence. If you just say "west" then "west" is an adverb - a direction in which one travels. We traveled west. adverb - We went home. - adverb We went downtown. - adverb We drove east for ten miles. - adverb

    Saying "the west" sounds like a place, perhaps, of importance or great significance. Though it's hard to say without more context.

    Here's an example:

    Americans traveled west. - adverb - This is simply a direction.

    Americans settled the west. - This is meant to say that "the west" is a place of importance in history - the western part of the North American continent in the U.S.

    Also, we use "the west" to refer to western cultures of the world as opposed to eastern cultures of the world, as in "occidental" and "oriental".
    Last edited by PROESL; 04-Aug-2009 at 12:29. Reason: added more information

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    Re: Capitalization

    Quote Originally Posted by PROESL View Post
    "The west" is a noun in your sentence. If you just say "west" then "west" is an adverb - a direction in which one travels. We traveled west. adverb - We went home. - adverb We went downtown. - adverb We drove east for ten miles. - adverb

    Saying "the west" sounds like a place, perhaps, of importance or great significance. Though it's hard to say without more context.

    Here's an example:

    Americans traveled west. - adverb - This is simply a direction.

    Americans settled the west. - This is meant to say that "the west" is a place of importance in history - the western part of the North American continent in the U.S.

    Also, we use "the west" to refer to western cultures of the world as opposed to eastern cultures of the world, as in "occidental" and "oriental".
    Thank you.

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