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C apitalization: Directions and Places
 
Lesson 5-46
Prompt:Terms that identify regions of the earth's surface and distinct areas, places, or districts are capitalized as proper nouns or proper adjectives: "Wyoming Territory, the Northwest, Nebraska, the Great Plains." Directions of the compass (north, northwest, south, southwest, etc.) are not capitalized unless used as a proper noun or adjective to describe a specific place or route: "the West, the Southeast, Southern accent, Western charm, the Northwest Passage."
Directions:The sentences below either show errors in capitalization or are correct as shown. Click to select the word or words you feel should be correctly capitalized but are not capitalized, or select "(correct as is)" at the end of each sentence.
1.We will visit the southwest this summer. (correct as is)
2.The east had a difficult winter this year. (correct as is)
3.Where would I find the gobi desert? (correct as is)
4.The grand canyon is north of phoenix. (correct as is)
5.We live in the northern hemisphere. (correct as is)
6.The tour boat visited the california coast. (correct as is)
7.They were going south to flavor southern cooking. (correct as is)
8.Near the southern edge of california is the san diego zoo. (correct as is)
9.Show me the appalachian region on the map. (correct as is)
10.The eastern entrance of yellowstone park is in wyoming. (correct as is)
11.The highest elevations are in the rocky mountain region. (correct as is)
12.Yes, cadillac mountain is the highest point on the east coast. (correct as is)
13.The directions took us northwest for one mile then due north for five miles. (correct as is)
14.Have you visited the mississippi delta? (correct as is)
15.Our flight to Europe took us directly over the north pole. (correct as is)
16.The great plains is a wind-swept region. (correct as is)
17.We traveled along the eastern coast of the United States. (correct as is)
18.The southern edge of death valley is very rugged. (correct as is)
19.The northern new england states are a great place to see fall colors. (correct as is)
20.The mississippi river flows south into the gulf of mexico. (correct as is)