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What are Collective Nouns? Grammar Review
What is a noun? “People, place, thing, idea!” What is a “Collective noun?” A collective noun refers to a group or collection of things! Collectives are referred to as “One” when we use an “Article”. Often, a collective noun is preceded by “The”. Some examples are “The furniture, the fruit, the money, the people etc.” All of these nouns refer to a group! Collective nouns as a group can be referred to as “One” but we must quantify it first! There are very specific quantifiers for collective nouns. Some examples are “A class of students, a crowd of people, a flock of birds, a fleet of ships”. Ask your teacher to explain further!
Collective Noun Examples with “The”
I will loan you the money for a new watch tomorrow!
You can teach the students English next week!
We can move the furniture to the next room while we paint!
They called all of the employees to cancel the meeting today!
He bought all of the fish at the new supermarket!
She fed all of the puppies at 8 this morning!
It travels through the mountains in nice weather!
Collective Noun Examples with “Quantifiers”
I joined a new class of students to study English!
You can visit the new library of books this afternoon!
We need to buy a basket of fruit for the holidays!
They take good care of her litter of puppies!
He performs with a group of dancers every Saturday!
She often visits a group of islands in the Pacific!
It was a very beautiful string of pearls!
Ask your teacher for more examples of collective nouns with quantifiers!