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Collective Nouns - Basic Grammar Review

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  • 1. CollectiveNouns
    11 Grade Grammar
  • 2. CollectiveNouns
    Words for groups of people, animals or things are called collective nouns.
    Here are some collective nouns for groups of people.
    a family a crew
    a team a club
    a community a committee
    a choir a company
    a band a gang
    anorchestrathegovernment
    anaudiencethearmy
  • 3. CollectiveNouns
    Collective nouns may be used with a singular verb or with a plural verb. If the group is acting as a single unit, use a singular verb. If group members are acting as individuals, use a plural verb. Forexample:
    Thecrowdwasorderly.
    The crowd were clapping, yelling and cheering.
  • 4. CollectiveNouns
    People often do one thing in unisonwith the other members of their group. When these people are part of a collective noun, that noun becomes singular and requires singular verbs and pronouns. As you read the following examples, notice that all members of the collective noun are doing the same thing at the same time:
    Every afternoon the baseball team follows its coach out to the hot field for practice.
    Today, Dr. Ribley'sclass takes its first 100-item exam.
    The jury agrees that the state prosecutors did not provide enough evidence, so its verdict is not guilty.
  • 5. CollectiveNouns
    When the members are acting as individuals, the collective noun is plural and requires plural verbs and pronouns. As you read these examples, notice that the members of the collective noun are not acting in unison:
    After the three-hour practice under the brutal sun, the team shower, change into their street clothes, and head to their air-conditioned homes.
    After the long exam, the class start their research papers on famous mathematicians.
    The jury disagree about the guilt of the accused and have told the judge that they are hopelessly deadlocked.
  • 6. CollectiveNouns
    Always use a plural verb with the collective nouns, people and the police. Forexample:
    Those people lives in Asia. – r
    Those people live in Asia. – a
    The police has caughtthethief. – r
    Thepolicehavecaughtthethief. – a
  • 7. CollectiveNouns
    Here are more collective nouns you can use for groups of people.
    a crowd of shoppers
    a gang of thieves
    a company of actors
    a panel of judges
    a class of schoolchildren
    a platoon of soldiers
  • 8. CollectiveNouns
    Many groups of animals have their own special collective nouns.
    a herd of cattle a pack of wolves
    a litter of puppies a flock of birds
    a pride of lions a troop of monkeys
    a drove of sheep a pod of dolphins
    a brood of chickens a gaggle of geese
    a school of fish a swarm of bees
  • 9. CollectiveNouns
    Some groups of things also have their own special collective nouns.
    a bunch of bananas a deck of cards
    a cluster of grapes a flight of steps
    a bunch of flowers a suite of rooms
    a bouquet of flowers a suite of furniture
    a range of mountains a set of tools
    a fleet of ships a string of beads
    a fleet of vehicles a grove of trees
  • 10. CollectiveNouns
    Some nouns name the amount or form of something.
    a loaf of bread
    a bar of soap
    a ball of string
    a bar of chocolate
  • 11. CollectiveNouns
    The words a piece of mean a single serving or part of something.
    a slice/piece of bread
    a slice/piece of cheese
    a piece/square of chocolate
    a slice/piece of cake
    a sheet/piece of paper
    a piece of chalk
    a piece of information
    a piece of advice