Quirky Collective Nouns
Date posted: May 13, 2019
A collective noun refers to a group of people, animals, or things. Some of them are familiar such as family, class, and collection. But, some are less commonly used and sometimes unexpected.
If a collective noun is the subject of a sentence, do you use a singular or a plural verb? Generally, a singular noun needs a singular verb. But collective nouns can be tricky. Sometimes a singular collective noun expresses a plural idea and needs a plural verb. For tips, read verb agreement with collective nouns .