'a Midwestern college'

'southwestern pottery'

the California coast' 

are these stmts. capitalized correctly?

capitalization asked Nov 28 '12 at 23:11 Courtney New member

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The first -- a Midwestern college -- is correctly capitalized. The second -- southwestern pottery -- is not. Like Midwestern, Southwest is -- in this phrase -- the proper name of a region and should be capitalized.


For the third, we need additional context to decide whether it is properly capitalized. The California Coast, as the proper name of a region, is capitalized. However, the California coast, when refering generically to the California coastline (as in "Sir Francis Drake landed somewhere on the California coast"), is not.


I hope this helps.

link comment answered Nov 29 '12 at 04:25 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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