English grammar

Module 1, Nouns, Lesson 7:

Collective Nouns

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Definition:
Collective comes from the same root as collection. A collective noun names a group, like a collection of something.
team, choir, jury, committee, herd, pod
Hint:
Put the word in this test sentence to see if it works: One _____ is a group. For example: One team is a group. One jury is a group. One herd is a group.

Beware of plurals! Students can be a group, but that doesn't make the word collective. It is plural.

One student is not a group.
Hint:
It is important to be able to identify collective nouns because of the way they agree with verbs. We will cover this in the Verbs module.

Practice What You've Learned

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Directions:
Click on the collective noun or nouns in each group. Phrases are added to some words to clarify their uses. Click only on the collective noun, not the phrase.
1.
soldier ... army ... troop ... tanks ... library of movies
2.
crowd ... passerby ... fleet ... herd ... bouquet of flowers
3.
pack ... collection ... books ... mob ... panel of speakers
4.
birds ... flock ... wheat ... doll ... audience
5.
gang ... beads ... classroom ... list ... basketball
6.
pod ... swarm of bees ... school of fish ... bunch of grapes
7.
school board ... team ... noodles ... tribe ... stair
8.
troupe of actors ... a dance company ... shoppers ... faculty ... teacher
9.
band ... tennis shoes ... cast of actors ... owl ... ocean
10.
litter ... peppers ... notebooks ... staff ... speakers
11.
orchestra ... trophies ... family ... crew ... headphones
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