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Questions tagged [collective-nouns]

Questions about nouns that refer to a group as a whole

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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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“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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“India has” or “India have”

English is not my first language. Sometimes I read some mistakes in newspapers and get confused. Please check below sentences and let me know your valuable feedback. As per newspapers: India ...
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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 ...