Student or Learner
1. I want to write a test about animal sounds and was wondering if I could use the verbs 'go' and 'say' in the following contexts.
The students guess the animal by the sound it makes, and the crossword clues read:
I go MOO-MOO!
I say BAA-BAA!
2. Also, in a quiz about Christmas I used 'tree decorations' instead of 'Christmas tree decorations', but I think that the context (Christmas) made it clear that the 'tree' was a Christmas tree, right?
3. Is the following correct:
What's so special about this animal?
thanks for your prompt reply.
'What's so special about this animal?'
the animal is a parrot that can speak both English and Spanish (in a joke I found on the Internet - I had to reword the joke).The children visiting the zoo are amazed at his speaking abilities
So I gather I was right using 'so' in this context - our bird is a higly trained one...
Talking of zoos, why is it that some write it 'Zoo' when the dictionaries give it as 'zoo'?
The assigning of capital initials - although there are rules that most users of Standard English follow - can be fairly arbitrary. Several hundred years ago, when the idea of a standard way of capitalizing and punctuating was beginning to catch on, many English writers adopted the (present-day) German practice of capitalizing all nouns.
Today, there is an apparently straightforward rule: lower-case for common nouns except when starting a sentence, and initial capital for proper nouns. In practice, though, people's idea of common/proper can differ. Generally though, a particular zoo is called, for example 'London Zoo'.