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    spelling - the Colorado river

    Dear Teachers,

    I have always thought that when I write "the Colorado River" I start both Colorado and River with capital letters. I have just found "the Colorado river" in a Cambridge course book. Is the other version also correct?

    Thank you for your help,

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    Re: spelling - the Colorado river

    Quote Originally Posted by 4ania4 View Post
    Dear Teachers,

    I have always thought that when I write "the Colorado River" I start both Colorado and River with capital letters. I have just found "the Colorado river" in a Cambridge course book. Is the other version also correct?

    Thank you for your help,

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    The Colorado River is a specific river. Colorado has other rivers which may be called a Colorado river.
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    Re: spelling - the Colorado river

    Quote Originally Posted by 4ania4 View Post
    Dear Teachers,

    I have always thought that when I write "the Colorado River" I start both Colorado and River with capital letters. I have just found "the Colorado river" in a Cambridge course book. Is the other version also correct?

    Thank you for your help,

    4ania4
    That would be correct if the author was describing a river in Colorado this way, "The Colorado river which has the biggest fish is the Yampa River in the southern part of the state".

    If you are talking about the river named, Colorado, then it would be written this way, "The Colorado River starts in the high mountains in the northern part of the state and flows south".

    If the Cambridge book was speaking of that one river called the Colorado River and used river instead of River then there was an error in the book.

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    Re: spelling - the Colorado river

    Thank you very much. The text is about the Grand Canyon.

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    Re: spelling - the Colorado river

    Quote Originally Posted by 4ania4 View Post
    Thank you very much. The text is about the Grand Canyon.
    In that case the text is incorrect. It should be River, not river.

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