What Are Collective Nouns?
Collective nouns refer to a group or collection of people or things as a single unit.
Common Collective Nouns
In the list below, you can see some examples of common collective nouns:
Most collective nouns refer to groups of people, but some refer to animals or objects.
- Animals: herd, flock
- Things: bunch, bouquet
Collective Nouns: Singular or Plural?
Whether a collective noun is singular or plural, depends on the context. In other words, a collective noun can be singular or plural. It depends on how we perceive the individuals in the group.
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If you want to consider the individuals acting individually in a group, it means you will treat the collective noun as plural (with plural verbs and plural pronouns), for example:
In American English, we normally use singular verbs with collective nouns, but in British English, we normally use plural verbs with them.