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la côte ouest des États Unis

English translation: the West Coast of the United States

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French term or phrase:la côte ouest des États Unis
English translation:the West Coast of the United States
Entered by: DocteurPC

18:04 Apr 8, 2005
French to English translations [Non-PRO]
Science - Advertising / Public Relations
French term or phrase: la côte ouest des États Unis
the West coast
or the West Coast?
same question for East Coasts

I have a tendency to write both in caps, but what is the "accepted" "better" way?
DocteurPC
Canada
Local time: 09:29
the West Coast of the United States
Explanation:
I feel silly answering this here but actually it is common practice to capitalize both West and Coast and the same for East and Coast. Grammatical Reason: it's a region. The Rocky Mountains, the East Coast, New England, the Upper East Side. If you search the web for this, it comes up in every way imaginable (gasp! people even spelling east and west incorrectly) but if you do a bit of a searching on some more grammar-aware sites (I went for the NY times) you'll see examples of this. My search results page is below. I stuck with the East Coast in my searches but that's just a bit of coastal bias. :+)

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Note added at 4 hrs 19 mins (2005-04-08 22:23:32 GMT)
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As pointed out, it should most certainly be NY Times.
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Lindsay Sabadosa
United States
Local time: 09:29
Grading comment
Don't feel silly - as you say, they write it every way - which is what got me confused, since I automatically would have written West Coast (with caps)
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4 +9the West Coast of the United States
Lindsay Sabadosa


  

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la côte ouest des États Unis
the West Coast of the United States


Explanation:
I feel silly answering this here but actually it is common practice to capitalize both West and Coast and the same for East and Coast. Grammatical Reason: it's a region. The Rocky Mountains, the East Coast, New England, the Upper East Side. If you search the web for this, it comes up in every way imaginable (gasp! people even spelling east and west incorrectly) but if you do a bit of a searching on some more grammar-aware sites (I went for the NY times) you'll see examples of this. My search results page is below. I stuck with the East Coast in my searches but that's just a bit of coastal bias. :+)

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Note added at 4 hrs 19 mins (2005-04-08 22:23:32 GMT)
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As pointed out, it should most certainly be NY Times.


    Reference: http://news.google.com/news?q=New+York+Times+%22East+Coast%2...
Lindsay Sabadosa
United States
Local time: 09:29
Works in field
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
Grading comment
Don't feel silly - as you say, they write it every way - which is what got me confused, since I automatically would have written West Coast (with caps)

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Ian Burley (X)
7 mins

agree  mcguegan
16 mins

agree  BAmary (X): Well, I had to "gracefully" withdraw cause I checked the Chicago Manual of Style (which is kind of my Bible) and it says that in "East Coast" both words should start with a capital letter. Greetings!
25 mins
  -> That was indeed very graceful. :-) Thank you for your comments.

agree  cchat: I'd even put a capital letter on Times :-)
1 hr
  -> Oh my gosh! Thank you!

agree  Sandra C.
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agree  JennyC08 (X)
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agree  Michele Fauble
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agree  Kelvin Wu
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agree  Jean-Claude Gouin
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