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    names of songs, books, films, persons etc.

    Hi,


    The following is my writing in another thread. Mod. Rover_Ke corrected my errors, which were the highlighted in red and blue.

    I am listening to a song in English called "Mother Machree". I found out that "machree" is an Irish word, which means "my dear".

    I wonder whether or not "machree" is understood by most native speakers of English?
    So are the following verbs correct for those collocations?

    - A person called /named Peter
    - A song called Last Rose of Summer
    - A book called / named Social Pyschology
    - An article titled Good Mother
    - A film named Good Mother

    I am not sure how to choose correct verbs that I highlighted in bold in the above phrases.

    Could Rover_Ke or someone else illustrate?

    Thank you!

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    Re: names of songs, books, films, persons etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    So are the following verbs correct for those collocations?

    - A person called /named Peter
    - A song called "Last Rose of Summer"
    - A book called / named Social Pyschology
    - An article titled "Good Mother"
    - A film named Good Mother

    I am not sure how to choose correct verbs that I highlighted in bold in the above phrases.
    Yes, the above verbs are acceptable. I don't think there's much to choose between 'called' and 'named'.
    But you do need to observe some conventions, such as I've corrected above. If you can't italicize book or film titles, at least put quotes around them. And always capitalize those items.

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    Re: names of songs, books, films, persons etc.

    Thank you very much for your help.

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    I don't think there's much to choose between 'called' and 'named'.
    Do you mean "called" and "named" are alternative in those cases? i.e. a song named /called "Last Rose of the Summer" ; a film named /called "Good Mother" ?


    - Is it correct to say an article named /called "Good Mother" instead of using "titled"?

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    Re: names of songs, books, films, persons etc.

    I'd say 'called' was much more common than 'named' or 'titled' in all the above examples, especially in question form, where only 'called' works.

    'I saw a great film last night?'
    'What was it called?'

    'She's got a new boyfriend.'
    'What's he called?'
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 07-Feb-2014 at 10:12.

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