'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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Depending on the style manual used, the initial response to this question could be considered incorrect. Many would say that the words "southwestern" and "midwestern" should not be capitalized in this situation as they are not being used as part of a place name and, thus, should not be given the courtesy of capitalization.


There has long been debate over how to handle directional terms, and this article does a good job of laying it out:

link comment edited May 19 '16 at 13:03 LD Gerst New member

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