Questions tagged [collective-nouns]

Questions about nouns that refer to a group as a whole

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Is there a word for large group of horses? [closed]

Is there a word for large group of horses? I know there's "flock" for birds, but I am wondering if there's a similar word for horses and land mammals.
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When do you use articles in front of collective nouns?

Which of the below is correct? You are a member of staff at the taxi office. You are a member of the staff at the taxi office.
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Collective noun and its determiner

I know that a collective noun can be seen as a unit or a group of something. For example, I saw the the performance of the team yesterday. I really like them. When I use a collective noun with the ...
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What is correct - grape flavor or grapes flavor?

Its very confusing which is correct: grape flavor or grapes flavor We had a debate in our office regarding the collective noun - Grapes As per user3169 [in ELL]: "You should use grapes though, ...
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“Have” Vs “Has” when using with name of a team

Which of the two sentences are grammatically correct? Ferrari has been struggling this season. Or Ferrari have been struggling this season. According to my understanding, 'has' is what I ...
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Should I use 'is' or 'are' in this sentence? which one is correct?

You can't trust people with secrets these days. The majority [is or are] gossips. which one is correct and why?
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Using the definite article with a collective noun

In the following sentence (emphasis is mine, source) The government manipulates the television with the emphasis on their major voters, who are dependent upon television--instead of reading the ...
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Singular–plural choices in subject+verb agreement, notional agreement, and pronouns with ambiguous antecedents

The original version of a particular sentence: EWB is a group of engineers that, unlike many engineering corporations, assist people around the world by applying its knowledge to solve problems in ...
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How to realize “group of” is plural or single?

This is my first time to rise question and I'm a newbie in English. I have some question about "group of" The group of students is going to Tainan tomorrow. A group of students show an ...
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Can collective nouns be plural?

Can collective nouns be plural? For example, can I say armies instead of army if I'm talking about different types of armies, or crowds. crowd and army are already plural but can I add an s after ...
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This family or these family

In british English the word family takes a plural verb. My question is does the word family take a plural determiner as well? For example: These family are willing to help you. In AmE the word ...
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What's the difference between “The Greenford team have” and “The Greenford team has”?

The Greenford team have completed the installation and hopes that word will soon get around about this life-saving equipment AND The Greenford team has completed the installation and hopes that ...
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“porn is widespread” or “porn are widespread”

Which one is grammatically correct? porn is widespread. porn are widespread. I have found examples of both on the web, does it mean the sentences are correct and both have the same meaning?
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Does this noun phrase (a variable name) take a singular or plural verb?

I'm writing a codebook that defines variables in a data set. Should the verb of the following sentence be singular or plural (refer/refers)? (Note that the italics appear in original; they are, ...
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Using articles a/an with audience?

If the IPL has succeeded in drawing an audience across the country, it is because cricket has always had a strong foundation and a dedicated audience. I understand audience is a collective noun and ...
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Two cups of coffee is too much / is too many / are too many

My understanding is that depending on whether we consider two cups of coffee as a whole/unit or counting them individually we could say either: 1.1 Two cups of coffee is too much (the quantity ...
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The work that they do/does

I wrote this: Read about the work that the researchers and curators do every day. In retrospect, shouldn't it be does as "work" here is singular? "Read about the works that the researchers and ...
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'Have' or 'Has' with groups

Edit: This might be a duplicate, but I could not find a similar sentence (like mine) in any of the other questions. I have seen many questions on this topic on SE and forums. But I came across this ...
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Collective noun + verb

A collective noun is a word which we use to define a group or collection of people, animals or things. Which is/are right?, or are these sentences right? Singular: a pack of wolves is ... an army ...
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What's the proper name to call a bunch of coins?

Is it "amount", "bunch", "pack", "wallet" or something else? The thing here is that I'm a programmer and I'd like to create a new variable to store the number of coins in it, but I'm not sure how to ...
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Can the word 'crowd' be used in plural

I've found this sentence in a Straightforward intermediate student's book (p7): "I never miss." Mitty is holding a heavy automatic and the crowd believe him Shouldn't it be like 'the crowd ...
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“People decrease” or “The number of people decrease”?

I'm writing a formal technical report. I'm bit confused about how to use "decrease". The report discusses the shift in the number of people heading home in the evening. I'd like to say "the number ...
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Most of the audience is/are

Should I use are or is in the following sentence? Most of the audience is/are sleeping.
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What is the correct replacement for a 'band' of snakes?

What is the correct replacement for a 'band' of snakes?
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A group of boys is/are [duplicate]

1) A group of boys is playing football. or 2) A group of boys are playing football. My teacher told me the first sentence is correct since of boys can be ignored to make: A group is playing ...
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Is a company e.g. Pfizer, singular or plural?

Here is from an article from the Economist magazine: One drug he talks about is an antidepressant called reboxetine (branded as Edronax by its makers, Pfizer) that he used to prescribe to his ...
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Is it common for British English speakers to use “us” instead of “me”?

If someone is keeping a secret, in the US one might say "tell me!" However, I was in the UK and I heard a person say "tell us!" although she did not appear to be with anyone. Am I misunderstanding or ...
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When and why do/does “staff” as a collective noun get plural/singular pronoun/verb?

I know that collective nouns such as staff, team, crew, and family can get both singular and plural pronouns/verbs in different situations and contexts, but my question is only about staff when used ...
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Why is the subject singular in this sentence (ponies are a breed that need to be protected)

From this BBC News article: The wild Carneddau ponies of Snowdonia are a unique breed that need to be protected, say scientists I was surprised to read need, expecting needs. Why does it say a ...
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“The group of fifty people {is / are} going to arrive Thursday” - which is preferred?

Isn't the following sentence grammatically correct? The group of fifty people are going to arrive Thursday. What's wrong with it? Someone said it should be The group of fifty people is going ...