Capitalization of "the western country"

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Can someone please tell me what would be capitalized in the following sentence:

 

 

"He was talking about the western  country, which is full of wild animals."  

capitalization asked Dec 16 '13 at 06:45 sali New member

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If 'western country' is commonly used to descibe a particular part of an area, it is usually capitalized.  If it is just used to describe the western area, then it is not.

 

He came from the Midwest.  (US)

He was born in the Lake District.  (UK)

 

These are distinct regions in these two countries and are capitalized.

 

He drove out into the western country.

This is describing where he drove, but doesn't represent a distinct region.

link comment answered Dec 16 '13 at 12:54 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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