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Proper nouns are words used as names for unique individuals, events, objects, or places. Capitalize names of cities, towns, counties, states, countries, continents, islands, airports, peninsulas, bodies of water, mountains and mountain ranges, streets, parks, forests, canyons, dams, and regions. If a common noun is capitalized in the singular, it is generally not capitalized in the plural.Atlantic and Pacific oceans Kennedy and Eisenhower expressways Mississippi and Missouri rivers Compass directions are not capitalized unless they are generally accepted terms for regions.There is a large time difference between Europe and the Far East. Walk east until you arrive at the lake.

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