General Directions

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When do I capitalize compass points?

General Directions

Do not capitalize compass points when they merely indicate direction or general location.

Many people have relocated from the West to the Middle West. (regions)
Go south on Route 66 and then west at the stop sign. (direction)
The west coast of the United States borders on the Pacific. (shoreline, not the region)
John lives on the West Coast. (region.)

   

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