Nouns of Multitude



Nouns of Multitude :



There is a difference between a Collective Noun and a Noun of Multitude.

A Collective Noun denotes one undivided whole and hence the Verb following is Singular.

A jury consists of twelve persons.

Nouns of Multitude denote the individual members of the group and hence the Verb is taking Plural, although the Noun is Singular.

The jury (the men on the jury) were divided in their opinions.

A Collective Noun denotes one undivided whole and hence the Verb following is Singular.

When the noun is used to indicate the complete collection, the noun is used as a collective noun. But, when the noun is used to indicate all the individuals, the noun is used as a noun of multiple.

For example :

The team has been chosen by the board.

In this sentence, the noun TEAM is used a collective one. That TEAM was chosen by the board.

The team were all non-vegetarians.

But in this sentence, the noun TEAM means all the individuals in that team. The sentence implies that all the members of that team are non-vegetarians.

The difference between how a same noun can be used as a collective noun or as a noun of this type can be made by few simple examples.

The party is full of men, women and students. (The noun PARTY is used as a collective noun.)

The party were all killed by the earth-quake.

The Police is a government department to maintain law and order. (The noun POLICE is used as a collective noun.)

The Police were full of corrupt people.

The COMMITTEE was formed to look after the students. (The noun COMMITTEE is used as a collective noun.)

The committee were of the same opinions.

The family is divided in this matter. (The noun FAMILY is used as a collective noun.)

The family are good doctors.

Before the jury returns with their verdict-paper, we have to discuss this matter.

In this sentence, the noun JURY takes singular verb RETURNS in the first part of the sentence, where in the second part of the same sentence, the same noun JURY takes plural form THEIR. Because, in the first part the noun JURY is used as a collective noun where as in the second part the same noun is used as a noun of multiple.

Another example of sentence in which the same noun is used differently in two different modes of nouns.

His family is doing well and send their wishes.

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