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    Proper Nouns

    I apologise if this is posted in the wrong section but could someone confirm the following are proper nouns and thus need to be capitalised.

    1. north-western Scottish coast or North-Western Scottish Coast

    2. Thames estuary or Thames Estuary

    3. Dublin port or Dublin Port

    Best Regards

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    It is not always as easy as we would like.

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    It is spelled "Thames Estuary" in Wikipedia.

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    It is spelled Dublin Port.

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    #5

    Re: Proper Nouns

    I found:

    rocky coast at northwestern Scotland

    Also:

    the northwestern Scottish coast

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    Re: Proper Nouns

    Hi Tarheel,

    Many thanks for the replies. Like you I have looked up the above, and various similar examples, online and both forms seem to be used in roughly equal measure.

    Perhaps I should ask the question in the "Ask a Teacher" section, being new to the forum I think I probably posted the above question in the wrong place.

    Thanks again.

    Andy

    EDIT BY MODERATOR: I have moved the thread.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 27-May-2016 at 17:56.

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    I am perfectly satisfied with the examples I found. Sooner or later you have to make up your mind what you are going to use.

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    Re: Proper Nouns

    When in doubt, use lower case. Only capitalize if it really is a proper noun.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #9

    Re: Proper Nouns

    Thank you Tarheel and Charlie,

    I'm satisfied that Dublin Port and Thames Estuary are proper nouns but is north-western Scottish coast a proper noun and thus should be written North-Western Scottish Coast?

    Thanks.

    Andy

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    #10

    Re: Proper Nouns

    Is there a place called North-Western Scottish Coast?

    If not, (and it sounds more like a geographical description than a name to me) I would only capitalize Scottish.
    I am not a teacher

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