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    Exclamation Animals name or Animal names!!!

    Hello everyone,
    Would you please tell me which one is correct?
    1)I can say animals name.
    2)I can say animal names.

    Thanks in advance,

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    Re: Animals name or Animal names!!!

    'I can say the names of the animals' or the 'animals' names' sound best to me.

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    Re: Animals name or Animal names!!!

    Additionally,

    1)I can say the animals' names. <noun>
    Meaning: called by; e.g., the elephant is called Sophie, the bear is called Max, the lion is called Miao, and so on.

    2)I can say animal names. <adjective> Cf. animal sounds
    Meaning: called by; names of animals (ambiguous)

    3) I can say the names of the animals.
    Meaning: nomenclature; e.g., elephant, bear, lion, etc.

    Note, adjectives don't take determiners (a/the) or possessive 's.

    Also consider,

    Pat: What's your dog's name?
    Sam: His name is Rufus.

    Pat: What's the name of your dog? (as in, what type/breed or name)
    Sam: He's a Shepard.
    Sam: He's called Rufus.

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