[Taxacom] the family Tortricidae or just Tortricidae

Metzler, Eric H. MetzlerEH at si.edu
Wed Oct 14 14:03:40 CDT 2020

As a native English speaker from Michigan, US, where one is "bred" rather than "reared" as in some other parts of the US, this is a most useful discussion. Many of our perceptions follow us from our origins.

Cheers from southern NM, US where the smoke from the California fires still clouds our skies and hinders breathing.


Eric H. Metzler
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On 10/14/20 10:26 AM, Richard Jensen via Taxacom wrote:
> By my reckoning, the two statements below
>      1. The family Tortricidae
>      2. The Tortricidae
> are grammatically equivalent and I would recommend "is" for both.  Family
> is implicit in the second statement because that's what Tortricidae is; the
> word "family" is redundant. In fact, "The" in both statements is also
> unnecessary.

Depends on context, not the prefix. Consider "The New York Jets":

I can say "The New York Jets is an NFL football franchise" and I can say
"The New York Jets are losers". Both are acceptable. You might get away
with "are" in the first case, but you could NEVER use "is" in the second



Doug Yanega      Dept. of Entomology       Entomology Research Museum
Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314     skype: dyanega
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