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    Question on capitalization southeast vs East

    I am looking for some help on a question -

    I put out forecasts for our local region - specific directions in states seem to come up quite often.

    Example
    This forecast is for southeast Missouri, South Illinois, and West Kentucky.

    My understanding is that southeast would not have a capital S on it. My understanding is that South and West in Illinois and Kentucky would have a capital letter.

    When do I decide that a direction in a particular state should have a capital letter.

    Examples -
    Would it be - central or Central Illinois.
    Would it be North Illinois and northern Illinois?
    South Missouri vs south central Missouri?

    Thanks for any help.

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    Re: Question on capitalization southeast vs East

    Quote Originally Posted by Beau View Post
    I am looking for some help on a question -

    I put out forecasts for our local region - specific directions in states seem to come up quite often.

    Example
    This forecast is for southeast Missouri, South Illinois, and West Kentucky.

    My understanding is that southeast would not have a capital S on it. My understanding is that South and West in Illinois and Kentucky would have a capital letter.

    When do I decide that a direction in a particular state should have a capital letter.

    Examples -
    Would it be - central or Central Illinois.
    Would it be North Illinois and northern Illinois?
    South Missouri vs south central Missouri?

    Thanks for any help.

    Beau
    Those are regions, so I would not capitalize "central", "northern" or "south" in these examples. If it's part of the name of the state, such as "North Dakota", "West Virginia", or "South Carolina", then capitalize words that indicate directions, as they are part of the name.

    Scroll down on this page. You'll find a helpful guide to this capitalization question: Capitalization Rules - Rule for Capitalization Especially for ESL Students.

    It's different for geographic divisions, however. There's a good guide at this webpage: Capitalization — FactMonster.com.

    As far as the American states go, just ask yourself this: Is it part of the name? If it's not, then don't capitalize it.

    Here's another example:

    Capitalize "Southern" in Southern New Hampshire University, but don't capitalize "southern" in "southern New Hampshire".

    southern New Hampshire - Google Search

    Capitalize East Boston because this is the name of a section of Boston, but don't capitalize eastern Massachusetts, unless for some reason "eastern Massachusetts" is part of a title or a name, as in "Eastern Massachusetts Savings Bank".

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    Re: Question on capitalization southeast vs East

    Well, this is a surprise answer.

    I was under the impressive that you do capitalize some of the above mentioned items.

    It sounds like I should write

    This forecast is for southeast Missouri, southern Illinois, western Kentucky, and western Tennessee. Leaving off all the caps on the directions.

    I am actually surprised by that answer. I have heard sooooo many opinions on this topic.

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    Re: Question on capitalization southeast vs East

    My understanding is that if someone says -

    They are from the South - that South would be capitalized. Is that correct?

    But - they are from the west coast or east coast would not be?


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    Re: Question on capitalization southeast vs East

    Quote Originally Posted by Beau View Post
    Well, this is a surprise answer.

    I was under the impressive that you do capitalize some of the above mentioned items.

    It sounds like I should write

    This forecast is for southeast Missouri, southern Illinois, western Kentucky, and western Tennessee. Leaving off all the caps on the directions.

    I am actually surprised by that answer. I have heard sooooo many opinions on this topic.
    That's what I would do, yes. And I think it's possible that we might find inconsistencies in media print, as far as hearing many different opinions goes.

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