Capitalization of the word "counties"


Do I capitalize the word counties in the following sentence?


I am traveling to Genesee and Shiawassee counties today.

capitalization asked Jun 15 '12 at 16:03 Jodie Wright New member

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Per the NY Times Manual of style, "Counties" is correct, as is "County".

link comment answered Dec 28 '12 at 15:55 Steve New member

I found this answer from a grammar source I've relied on for years:


When the "name" part of the entity precedes the actual noun, we don't capitalize the noun, as in Berrien and Cass counties. On the other hand, if the noun precedes the "names," we would capitalize everything: "We lived along the shores of Lakes Erie and Ontario."

link comment answered Oct 13 '15 at 00:22 Lauren Ruiz New member

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