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These are nouns that represent a group of people or things as a single unit.  Some collective nouns can take plural forms

Examples:

Crowd (s) flock (s)

Group (s) herd (s)

Team (s) committee (s)

Pair (s)

Some collective nouns, however, cannot be used in the plural:

Examples

Furniture* beddings*

Equipments* informations*

Luggages* baggages*

 

Exercise 1

When I arrived at the airport, there were ……………1………….. (crowd ) of people blocking the entrance with their ……………..2……………… (luggage). Near the customs sections, several……………3…………….. (group ) of officials were standing, checking the ………………4……………… (equipment ) that was being loaded onto a trolley. Most people were standing, waiting for… ………….5…………….. (information ) from the loudspeakers on the departures and arrivals of aircraft.

See also  COUNTABLE AND UNCOUNTABLE NOUNS

 

See also

ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Astronomy

PUNCTUATION

Capitalization

QUESTION TAGS

 

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1 thought on “COLLECTIVE NOUNS”

  1. Hello
    So, what do you want of your exercise above ( No title ) ?
    Please, if you could tell me the title of the book ?
    All these are collective nouns which can be preceded by a singular verb or a plural depending on the context.
    For example the word crowd of people = used as plural ……according to the next pronoun antecedent reference ( their )
    luggage = no plurality ( uncountable )
    group = it can be plural ( groups >>> several is used before plural nouns countable
    equipment = many dictionaries make it a plural , but not correct
    information = uncountable ( treated as a singular noun)
    ——
    1. there were……crowd …………(crowd) of people blocking the entrance with their .luggage………………( luggage ). Near the customs sections, several……….groups ……(group) of officials were standing, checking the…..equipment…………(equipment) that was being loaded onto a trolley. Most people were standing, waiting for.( the)_…information…………….(information) from the loudspeakers on the departures and arrivals of aircraft.

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