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Dec 4 2008   12:36PM GMT

Quiz: Writing for business — capitalization — West or west?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?
In the _____, server revenues were flat throughout the quarter.
a. west
b. West

Answer: b
When a direction is used as the name for an area, it’s considered a proper name and capitalized. If used simply to indicate a direction, the words north, south, east, and west are not capitalized. For example, you would write:”Go west on Front Street.”

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