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Should You Capitalize Street Names?

Grammatically speaking, the names of streets and roads can get a little bit tricky. Do you know when to capitalize them?

If you aren’t sure, this short grammar post will give you helpful guidance.

Street Name Capitalization Rules

When we consider capitalizing the names of streets and roads, we separate them into two categories.

The first are the names of specific places, such as Second Street, Oak Drive, or Roosevelt Highway.

The second refers to regular, nonspecific nouns such as road and avenue.

This distinction is important because the first group, specific places, is made up of proper nouns that need to be capitalized. Regular nouns, the second group, do not need to be capitalized.

At first glance this can seem a bit confusing or contradictory. However, it’s easily cleared up with a few examples.

Examples of Street Name Capitalization

Tammy bought a house that’s located on Pinecone Circle.

I left my car parked just down the street.

There’s a great record store on Lincoln Avenue.

I’ve been down that road, and it doesn’t lead anywhere good.

The streets in that town are all lined with flowers and trees.

Can you see the difference? In instances where our road or street name refers to a specific place that is a proper title, all words within it (including words such as Road, Street, and Avenue) are capitalized. If you’re speaking of a nonspecific place, or of many roads or streets as a general category, the words don’t need to be capitalized.

Now that you understand this subject more, let’s test your knowledge!

Pop Quiz

Choose the proper form of each word in the sentences below.

1. I’ll never know how my cat made it all the way to Montgomery [Street / street].

2. There is something special about being on the open [Road / road].

3. Jamie couldn’t find Mountain View [Avenue / avenue] with his car’s GPS.

4. My favorite restaurant delivers only as far as Juniper [street / Street].

5. The [Streets / streets] were still wet from the afternoon rain when I was cycling home.

  

Pop Quiz Answers

1. I’ll never know how my cat made it all the way to Montgomery Street.

2. There is something special about being on the open road.

3. Jamie couldn’t find Mountain View Avenue with his car’s GPS.

4. My favorite restaurant only delivers as far as Juniper Street.

5. The streets were still wet from the afternoon rain when I was cycling home.

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