Collective Noun

What is a Collective Noun

Collective noun is a word used to refer a collection of things as a whole.

Examples of some collective nouns

Here are some examples of common collective nouns.

  • crowd
  • team
  • flock

The use of above common nouns in the sentences

  • There is a crowd on the road.
  • An Indian cricket team played well in T-20 series.
  • A flock is swimming in the tank.

In above sentence the words crowd’, ‘team’, ‘flock are used to describe a collection of people, number of players, collection of goose respectively. One word is used for many people, players and goose describing as one whole.

Such words which are used for collection are called Collective Nouns.

Collective nouns are used for people, animals as well as things. There are so many collective nouns.We shall take some of those. 

Collective Noun used for people

Here are some common nouns. We have used those to explain the group of people-

  • A staff of employees
  • A class of students
  • A band of musicians
  • A crew of sailors
  • A group of dancers
  • A pack of thieves
  • A board of directors
  • A panel of experts
  • An army of soldiers
  • A choir of singers

Collective Noun used for animals

Have a look. Here are some naming words. We have used those to explain the group of animals.

  • A pack of wolves
  • A Hive of bees
  • A litter of cubs
  • A pack of hounds
  • A troop of lions
  • A flock of ship
  • A flock of bird
  • An army of ants
  • A herd of deer
  • A murder of crows

Collective Noun used for things

Here are some examples of naming words. We have used those to explain the group of things

  • A galaxy of stars
  • A forest of trees
  • A group of island
  • A string of pearls
  • A fleet of ships
  • An album of photographs
  • A stack of wood
  • A bouquet of flowers
  • A bunch of key
  • A pair of shoes

There are so many collective nouns in English.  During speaking or reading you will find out the collective noun in the sentence.

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