Collective Nouns

Collective Nouns :

The collective noun is the noun used to indicate a group of people or things or places or items or animals.

This type of noun denotes a group or collection of similar individuals, considered as one complete whole. For instance, there may be many sheep in a field, but only one flock. Here the word of noun sheep is a Common Noun. Because it may indicate any and every sheep. But the noun FLOCK is a Collective Noun. Because, it means collectively all the sheep at once and not for any one sheep taken separately.

This type of noun is also a kind of Common Noun. Thus the term FLOCK may stand for many different flocks (or groups of sheep).

CLASS may stand for many classes (or groups of students).

The noun GROUP may indicate a collection of people or animals or stars that has more than one thing.

There are many such nouns which indicate that group.

1. Committee
2. Police
3. Galaxy
4. Flock
5. Crowd
6. Choir
7. Team
8. Organisation
9. Company
10. Fleet

These are the common nouns of this type used for People

1. A band of musicians
2. A Band of Robbers
3. A Board of Chess Players
4. A board of directors
5. A Board of trustees
6. A Brood of Chess Players
7. A choir of singers
8. A class of students
9. A Conglomerate of Geologists
10. A crowd of people
11. A Faculty of professors
12. A Flock of tourists
13. A Formation of Geologists
14. A Galaxy of girls
15. A gang of thieves
16. A House of Senators
17. A Mass of Catholics
18. A pack of thieves
19. A panel of experts
20. A team of players
21. A troupe of dancers
22. A Troupe of Gymnasts

These are the common nouns of this type used for Things

1. A bouquet of flowers
2. A bunch of flowers
3. A library of books
4. A Clutch of eggs
5. A Cluster of diamonds
6. A Deck of cards
7. A Hand of cards
8. A Pack of cards
9. A Bunch of grapes
10. A Pencil of lines
11. An autumn of leaves
12. A Ring Of keys
13. A Wealth of information
14. A Round of drinks
15. A packet of Cigarettes
16. A fleet of ships
17. A forest of trees
18. A galaxy of stars
19. A pack of cards
20. A pack of lies
21. A pair of shoes
22. A range of mountains
23. A wad of notes

These are the common nouns of this type used for Animals

1. An army of ants
2. A herd of Antelope
3. A Herd of reindeers
4. A of Drove of asses
5. A flock of birds
6. A Coalition Of cheetahs
7. A Troop of Kangaroos
8. A flock of sheep
9. A herd of deer
10. A hive of bees
11. A litter of puppies
12. A murder of crows
13. A pack of hounds
14. A pack of wolves
15. A school of fish
16. A swarm of locusts
17. A team of horses
18. A School of whales
19. A pride of lions
20. A pack of Wolves

There is no separate rule to form this type of noun. Over the period of time, people who used English language formed new words to denote the collection of people or things. Those new words were added to the dictionary of English language for the uses of the following generations.


  1. The Noun
  2. Kinds of Nouns
  3. Kinds of Nouns in English
  4. Types of Nouns in English
  5. Correct Usage of Nouns
  6. Classification of Nouns
  7. Proper Nouns
  8. Common Nouns
  9. Abstract Nouns
  10. Collective Nouns
  11. Nouns of Multitude
  12. Material Nouns
  13. Compound Nouns
  14. Concrete Nouns
  15. Countable Nouns
  16. Uncountable Nouns
  17. Count Nouns
  18. Mass Nouns
  19. Pronouns
  20. Abstract Nouns formed from Adjectives
  21. Abstract Nouns formed from Common Nouns
  22. Abstract Nouns formed from Verbs
  23. Abstract Nouns of the same form as Verbs
  24. Absolute Phrases
  25. Noun and Gender
  26. Nouns and Gender
  27. Masculine Nouns and Feminine Nouns
  28. Masculine Nouns
  29. Feminine Nouns
  30. Ways of forming the feminine of nouns
  31. Exceptional Masculine Nouns and Feminine Nouns
  32. Exceptional Feminine Nouns
  33. Foreign Feminine Nouns
  34. Nouns in Common Gender
  35. Common Gender Nouns
  36. Neuter Pronouns
  37. Neuter Gender Nouns
  38. Gender of Personified Things
  39. Noun and Case
  40. Kinds of Cases in English
  41. Noun and Number
  42. Singular and Plural
  43. Singular Nouns and Plural Nouns
  44. Ways of forming plurals
  45. Formation of Plurals
  46. Compound Nouns and Plurals
  47. Noun Infinitive
  48. Noun to Verb
  49. The Noun

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