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Grammar: Collective Nouns

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joanne ho

on 6 March 2013

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Transcript of Grammar: Collective Nouns

A group composed of at least 2 members Collective Nouns We pushed our way through the crowd to get a better look.

Two ambulances and the police arrived.

The crowd broke up into smaller groups. Which Word Class? army
audience
class
company
family
group
majority
team Examples If members in the group are doing the same thing together.

Examples:
Every afternoon, the baseball team follows the
coach out to the field for practice.

Today, Mr Lee’s class is taking the exam. Collective Nouns
become Singular When members in the groups are acting as individuals.

Examples:
After the baseball practice, the team
shower and change before heading home. Collective Nouns
become Plural After the exam, the class (start / starts) their research on famous people. Singular or Plural? After the exam, the class start their research on famous people. Singular or Plural? The team (is / are) eating with their families
tonight. Singular or Plural? The team are eating with their families tonight. Singular or Plural? The cast (is / are) celebrating the success of the play with a party after the performance. Singular or Plural? The cast is celebrating the success of the play with a party after the performance. Singular or Plural? Insert “members” after the collective noun
Example: use “team members” instead of “team”

Use a different word
Example: use “students” instead of
“class” When you are confused while writing…
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