Grammar Check

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So, in the creation of my 2005 calendar, I needed to know the correct method for capitalizing the names of animals. Google found this:

From “Merriam-Webster Concise Handbook for Writers”:

“The common names of animals and plants are not capitalized unless they contain a proper noun as a separate element, in which case the proper noun is capitalized, but any element of the name following the proper noun is lowercased. Elements of the name preceding the proper noun are usually but not always capitalized….In references to specific breeds, as distinguished from the animals that belong to the breed, all elements of the name are capitalized.”

Some examples of properly capitalized names, using these guidelines:

blue whale


South African crowned crane

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