Module 11, Capitalization, Lesson 3:

Names of Places


Capitalize the names of places. Make sure to capitalize all the parts of the name except for the articles (a, an, the), and short (2-4 letter) prepositions (of, to, in, with ...).

Orlando, Orange County, Florida, Atlantic Ocean, Lake Ontario, Des Plaines River, Gulf of Mexico, Kale Avenue, 32nd Street, Highway A1A
If you spell out a hyphenated street number, don't capitalize the second part. Example: Seventy-third Street
We often put the in front of a place name. It is not part of the name and not capitalized. Examples: the Midwest, the Rocky Mountains

Capitalize the names of the compass points (north, south, west, east) only if they are part of a name. If they point a direction, do not capitalize them.

Turn west on Main Street, and you will get to U.S. 1, which will take you all the way through the South to Key West.
Oddly, we had to fly north to catch our next flight on our way to tour the Southwest.
You don't capitalize front, left, right, back, so don't capitalize the compass points when you could substitute those words. Example: When you get to the end of the street turn west left, and park in the north front parking lot.

Practice What You've Learned

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We Drove North On The Highway To Visit St. Louis, Where We Saw The Mississippi River.
To The East Of Houston, Texas, Is The Gulf Of Mexico, Which Flows Into The Atlantic Ocean.
I Live On Kale Avenue, Three Blocks East Of The Banana River.
On Our Tour Of The South, We Visited Many Civil War Battlefield Sites.
On The West Side Of The School Is A Mural Showing The Great Lakes.
I Have Never Been To The Southwest Before, Except For Las Vegas.
My Sister-in-law Lives In The Northwest, But I Don't Like The Weather, So I Live In The South.
Many Of Our Oranges And Peaches Are Grown In The South, But Many Of Them Are Imported From South America As Well.
On A Map Of Africa, The Nile River In Egypt Looks Like It Flows South, But It Actually Flows North To The Mediterranean Sea.
The Snow On The Top Of Mount Kilimanjaro In Africa Never Melts Completely.