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Collective Nouns in English


Collective Nouns, Subject-Verb Agreement, Common Used Collective Nouns, etc… Please follow the list for detailed expressions, lists and examples;

What is Collective Noun?

Collective noun is a noun which describes a group of things oe people. It means collective noun is a single noun that is made up of  more than one thing or person or etc.

For examples: family, group, herd, team.

Collective Noun Singular or Plural?

Generally, we can say that collective nouns can be singular or plural. It depends on the context of the sentence.

  • If the members of a group act together as a unit or a whole, we use a singular verb.

( we can also say that if we or speakers want to emphasize the group as a whole, we use singular verb in this situation.)

  • If the members of a group stop acting together as a unit or a whole and act as individuals, it is better to use a plural verb.

( we can also say that if we or speakers want to emphasize the individuals in a group rather than regarding the group as a whole, we use plural verb in this situation)


If you are not sure whether to use a singular or a plural verb with a collective noun in ypur writing or speaking,  you can put “members of” before the collective noun and then use a plural verb.

Common Collective Noun List;
Collective NounMeaning
Boardthe group of people who are responsible for controlling and organizing a company or organization.
Bunch1. a number of things of the same type fastened together or in a close group. 2. a group of people.
Choira group of people who sing together.
Classa group of students who are taught together at school, college, or university.
Committeea small group of people chosen to represent a larger organization and either make decisions or collect information for it.
Crewa group of people who work together, especially all those who work on and operate a ship, aircraft, etc.
Crowda large group of people who have come together.
Flocka group of sheep, goats, or birds.
Groupa number of people or things that are put together or considered as a unit
Gang1. a group of criminals who work together. 2. a group of young people, especially young men, who spend time together, often fighting with other groups and behaving badly. 3. a group of friends. 4. a group of workers or prisoners who work together.
Heapan untidy pile or mass of things.
Herda large group of animals of the same type that live and feed together.
Mob1. a large, angry crowd, especially one that could easily become violent. 2.  a group of people who are friends or who are similar in some way.
Orchestraa large group of musicians who play many different instruments together and are led by a conductor.
Pack1. a group of animals, such as dogs, that live and/or hunt together. 2. a group, set, or collection of something.
Panela small group of people chosen to give advice, make a decision, or publicly discuss their opinions as entertainment.
Pilea mass of something that has been placed somewhere.
Seriesa number of similar or related events or things, one following another.
Seta group of similar things that belong together in some way.
Shoala large number of fish swimming as a group.
Showera lot of small objects or drops of liquid coming through the air.
Stacka pile of things arranged one on top of another.
Staffthe group of people who work for an organization.
Swarm1. a large group of insects all moving together. 2.  a large group of people all moving together.
Teama number of people or animals who do something together as a group.
Troupea group of performers such as singers or dancers who work and travel together.

Common Collective Nouns Used For People
an army of soldiers
an audience of listeners
band of musicians
board of directors
choir of singers
class of students
crew of sailors
crowd of people
flock of tourists
gang of labourers
group of dancers
panel of experts
staff of employees
tribe of natives
Common Collective Nouns Used For Animals
an army of ants
catch of fish
flight of birds
flock of sheep
haul of fish
herd of cattle
hive of bees
host of sparrows
litter of cubs
murder of crows
pack of wolves
team of horses
troop of lions
zoo of wild animals
Common Collective Nouns Used For Animals

an album of photographs
basket of fruit
bowl of rice
bouquet of flowers
bunch of keys
galaxy of stars
group of islands
fleet of ships
forest of trees
hedge of bushes
library of books
pack of cards
pair of shoes
range of mountains
string of pearls
wad of notes

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