99+ Examples of Collective Nouns You Should Know in English

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Ever wondered why we say: a herd of cows, a team of players, a pack of wolves and many more? Well, they all come under a noun called collective nouns. They are used when we want to talk about a group of people, animals or things. Each animal or thing is referred to with a different name. Surprisingly, even after coming in a group, they do not come under plural nouns. To understand how they are used, here is a blog which lists 100 examples of collective nouns.

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What are Collective Nouns?

Collective Nouns refer to a collection or a group of people, animals or things. Common words like ‘herd, array and group’ are collective noun examples. 

Here are a few examples of collective nouns.

  • The party will have to rethink its strategy to win the next election. 
  • The herd of cows were grazing in the field. 
  • The pack of wolves howled at the moon.
  • A school of fish swam together in the ocean.
  • The pack of wolves went hunting last night.

Rules for Collective Nouns

There are two rules that you must follow when working with collective nouns.

Rule 1: Use a singular verb when thinking of the group as a whole.

Example: The girl (noun) waits (verb) patiently for her teacher to arrive.

Rule 2: Use a plural verb when talking about a group of people. 

Example: The class (noun) begin (verb) their homework while waiting for the announcements. 

100 Examples of Collective Nouns

Here are 100 examples of collective nouns which will give you a fair idea.

Collective Nouns for Animals

A murder of crowsA herd of cattle
A pack of wolvesA pride of lions
A gaggle of geeseA school of fish
A pod of dolphinsA flock of birds
A swarm of beesA troop of kangaroos
A parliament of owlsA colony of ants
A sleuth of bearsA crash of rhinos
A dazzle of zebrasA clowder of cats
A colony of penguinsA troop of monkeys
A congress of baboonsA bloat of hippos
A litter of puppiesA team of oxen
A string of horsesA stud of horses
A group of birdsA hive of bees
Flight of birdsA haul of fish
A shoal of fishA pack of wolves
A clutch of eggsA pride of peacocks
A convocation of eaglesA skulk of foxes
A business of ferretsA troop of squirrels
A sounder of wild boarA congress of baboons
A shrewdness of apesA sleuth of bears

Collective Nouns for People

A band of musiciansClass of students 
Team of athletesA group of friends
Crew of sailors Choir of singers
Crowd of spectatorsAssembly of delegates
Staff of employeesA committee of experts
Troupe of actorsCongregation of worshippers
Gang of kidsSquad of police officers
Team of researchersHorde of tourists
Board of directorsEnsemble of musicians
Posse of cowboys Cast of characters 
Company of soldiersBattalion of soldiers 
Mob of protestersTeam of chefs
Committee of volunteersCongregation of mourners 
Crew of firefighters Cast of characters 
Assembly of parentsTroop of scouts

Collective Nouns for Things

A stack of papersA bouquet of flowers
A fleet of shipsA pile of books
A collection of artA cluster of grapes
A range of mountainsA set of tools
A pack of cardsA fleet of cars
A set of toolsA row of houses
A herd of cattleA library of books
A collection of stampsA fleet of bicycles
A bundle of sticksA string of pearls
A series of eventsA collection of antiques
A fleet of planesA forest of trees
A row of booksA bundle of hay
A network of computersA suite of software
A range of pricesA battery of tests
A suite of furnitureA collection of coins

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What are collective nouns?

Collective nouns are words used to refer to a group of several people, animals, things etc. These nouns are taken as a whole.

What are five examples of common collective nouns?

Five common nouns include a herd of cows, pack of wolves, a gaggle of geese, a team of players, brood of chicks

Are collective nouns singular or plural?

Collective nouns are mostly treated as singular. However, the usage varies between UK and US English.

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