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  1. Jon Deavers

    Jon Deavers Member

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    Street names in prose

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Jon Deavers, Dec 23, 2012.

    Need some help from the syntax gurus out there.

    I'm basing a story in a near-future DC and the neighborhoods in which characters live are integral to the story. I want to ground the setting with real-world street names but I'm wondering the best way to write the street names. A lot of DC's streets are a letter, type of avenue, and direction. This confused me when I started typing it into the word processor.

    Any advice on how to write out street names? Example I'm wrestling with currently is N Street North West. In an address this would look like:

    12345 N St NW
    Washington, DC 01234

    Thanks for the help!
     
  2. mammamaia

    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

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    ...it depends in part on how you are using the addresses... give us a sample of a sentence/paragraph where you do so...
     
  3. Jon Deavers

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    Here's the sentence in question. At first I thought it was a no-brainer, just write the words out and voila, but it looks a little weird to me still. Could be just because the name of the street is a letter or maybe I'm not sure what to capitalize and what not to. Either way I thought it was worth double-checking.

    "The town-homes of N Street Northwest were once symbols of having achieved success in the social and professional circles of the capital city."

    Thanks mammamaia!
     
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    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

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    it's ok as is, but town homes is not a hyphenate... the jury is still out on whether it should be a single word or two separate ones...

    for reassurance re street name spelling:

    https://www.google.com/webhp?hl=en&tab=Tw#sclient=psy-ab&hl=en&tbo=d&site=webhp&q=washington+n+street+northwest&oq=washington+n+street+northwest&gs_l=hp.3..0i8j0i8i30l2j0i8i10i30.1688.9057.0.9746.29.21.0.8.8.0.392.3461.3j13j3j2.21.0.les%3B..0.0...1c.1.6TAzTI4UzdI&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&bvm=bv.1355534169,d.cGE&fp=8e22984df9142133&bpcl=40096503&biw=688&bih=374
     
  5. Jon Deavers

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    Wow, that's funny. I had it as a single word in my .doc and when I pasted it in the forum it gave me a spell check error. Guess I'll go with two words.

    Thanks again!
     
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    I would write them the same way you would when sending a letter: N. St. NW.
     
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    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

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    to do it that way, 'N' would not have a period after it, since it's not an abbreviation of anything, only a letter of the alphabet... and NW wouldn't have a period, either...
     

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