taxons and orthography
robinl at CONNECT.AB.CA
Wed Mar 8 07:06:29 CST 2000
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From: Peter Schuchert <Peter.Schuchert at MHN.VILLE-GE.CH>
To: <TAXACOM at USOBI.ORG>
Sent: Wednesday, March 08, 2000 12:47 AM
Subject: taxons and orthography
> dear collegues
> English is not my mother tongue, so could you please give me some advice
> the correct usage of articles and taxon names? Are taxon names used with
> without articles ?
> Are taxon names used in plural or singular? In the literature I found both
> So, whhat is the correct version in the following examples:
> Cnidaria are mostly marine animals ....
> The Cnidaria are mostly marine animals ....
BOTH ARE OK. IT DEPENDS ON WHETHER YOU ARE GIVING A LECTURE, OR
IF THIS IS GOING TO BE PUBLISHED. PREFERENCE FOR FIRST.
> germ cells are lodged in the gastrodermis in Anthozoa and Scyphozoa ...
> germ cells are lodged in the gastrodermis in the Anthozoa and Scyphozoa
> PREFERENCE FOR FIRST ONE
> ... nematocysts are found in the Cnidaria only ...
> ... nematocysts are found in Cnidaria only ...
> PREFERENCE FOR FIRST ONE.
> The Medusozoa are the sister group of the Anthozoa ...
> Medusozoa is the sistergroup of Anthozoa ...
> The Medusozoa is the sister group of the Anthozoa ...
> THE FIRST ONE IS GRAMMATICALLY INCORRECT. "MEDUSOZOA" IS BEING USED
COLLECTIVE NOUN, AND SINCE IT IS BEING TREATED AS A SINGLE ENTITY,
"IS" MUST BE USED. MY PREFERENCE IS FOR THE SECOND ONE IF YOU ARE
A LECTURE, AND THE THIRD ONE IF PUBLISHING. THOUGH THE THIRD ONE
IT SOUNDS "STIFF" IF I READ IT ALOUD.
Hope this helps a bit (at least). Robin Leech
> many thanks for your advice,
> Peter Schuchert
> Museum d'Histoire Naturelle
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