A Collective Noun is the name used for a collection of people, animals or things.
|a band of musicians||a troop of lions||a collection of stamps|
|a crew of sailors||a pack of wolves||a library of books|
|a choir of singers||a gaggle of geese||a bunch of grapes|
Collective nouns are used with singular verbs.
An army of soldiers is marching in the field.
A troop of lions is attacking an antelope.
A choir of singers is performing a Christmas carol on the stage.
A flock of seagulls is flying over the ship.
A gang of theives was arrested by the police last night.
Walter gave her girlfriend a bouquet of flowers on Valentine’s Day.
The farmer rears a gaggle of geese on his farm.
I bought a bunch of grapes from the market.
Study the following lists of collective nouns.
|a gang of workmen||a nest / colony / an army of ants||a group / archipelago of islands|
|a company of actors||a swarm / hive of bees||a ring of keys|
|a troupe of dancers / performers||a herd of antelopes||a string of pearls|
|a cast / company of actors||a flock of birds||a set of china|
|a party of friends||a herd of buffaloes||a bundle of rags|
|a school of clerks||a culture of bacteria||a wad of money|
|a gang of labourers||a quiver of cobras||a galaxy / constellation of stars|
|a staff of employees||a fall of lambs||a brace of pistols|
|a band / an orchestra of musicians||a herd of cattle||a flight of airplanes|
|a panel of experts||a pack of dogs / wolves||a set / kit of tools|
|a tribe of natives||a drove of donkeys||a packet of cigarettes|
|a troop of boy scouts||a brood of chickens||a bundle of sticks|
|a team of players||a shoal / school of fish||a flight of steps|
|a posse of policemen / sheriffs||a cote of doves||a pack of cards|
|a class of pupils||a swarm of insects||a clutch of eggs|
|a company of girl guides||a litter of kittens||a crate of fruit|
|a blast of hunters||a herd of elephants||a troop of mushrooms|
|a blush of boys||a troop / mop of kangaroos||a fleet / fortilla of ships|
|a crew of sailors||a leap of leopards||a collection of stamps|
|a staff of servants||a pride / troop of lions||a suit of clothes|
|a choir of singers||a plague of locusts||a heap / pile of trash|
|an eloquence of lawyers||a pit / nest / slither of snakes||a collection of pictures|
|an audience of listeners||a tribe / troop of monkeys||a sheaf of corn|
|an illusion of magicians||a team / herd of oxen||a cluster of diamonds|
|a crowd of onlookers / spectators||a parliment of owls||a bale of cotton|
|a band of robbers||a litter of puppies||a clump / thicket / grove of trees|
|a staff of teachers||a nest of rabbits / mice||a fleet of cars|
|a gang / den of thieves||a flock of sheep / camels||a batch of bread|
|a flock of tourists||a farrow of piglets||a stack of hay|
|a coven of witches||a cloud of mosquitoes||a network of computers|
|a gaggle of women||a colony of bats||a tuft of grass|
|a band of men||a drove of pigs||a bundle of sticks|
|a bevy / galaxy of beauties||a flight of swallows||a library of books|
|a host of angels||a gaggle of geese||a heap / pile of stones|
|a board of directors||a swarm of insects||a dossier of documents|
|a bevy of girls / ladies||a school of whales / dolphins||a bunch of bananas|
|a congregation of worshippers||a flock of sheep||a bunch of grapes|
|a bench of magistrates||a stud of horses||a quiver of arrows|
|a horde of savages||a chest of drawers|
|a party of politicians||a hedge of bushes|
|a crowd of people||a range of mountains|
|a squad / army / troop of soldiers||a suite of furniture|
|a bouquet / bunch of flowers|
A. Choose the right collective nouns to fill in the blanks.
galaxy, bevy, band, tribe, gaggle, staff, party, suit, wad, pack
1. a ____________ of wolves
2. a ____________ of beauties
3. a ____________ of clothes
4. a ____________ of musicians
5. a ____________ of geese
6. a ____________ of stars
7. a ____________ of money
8. a ____________ of employees
9. a ____________ of natives
10. a ____________ of friends
B. Choose the correct answers.
1. a ( panel, board ) of experts
2. a ( set, bale ) of tools
3. a ( troop, leap ) of leopards
4. a ( brood, culture ) of bacteria
5. a ( company, eloquence ) of actors
6. a ( team, flock ) of sheep
7. a ( batch, network ) of computers
8. a ( drove, troop ) of donkeys
9. a ( board, panel ) of directors
10. a ( pack, library ) of books
C. Fill in the blanks with the right collective nouns.
1. A few tourists are feeding a ____________ of monkeys in the botanical garden.
2. The hen is sitting on a ____________ of eggs.
3. A ____________ of politicians is having a meeting in the conference room.
4. A ____________ of dancers is dancing gracefully on the stage.
5. My cat gave birth to a ____________ of kittens last week.
6. Mr. Anderson gave his wife a ____________ of pearls as a birthday present.
7. The teller passed a ____________ of coins to the customer.
8. Mrs. Crusoe found a ____________ of mice in her attic.
9. The farmers are upset because a ____________ of locusts destroyed their crops.
10. My dad ordered a new ____________ of furniture for our living room last Christmas.
D. Choose the correct answers.
1. A few dolphins are chasing a ( class, school ) of fish under the sea.
2. A ( team, congregation ) of basketball players are warming themselves up before a match.
3. In a story that Wendy read, a ( host, board ) of angels came to the rescue of the earthquake victims.
4. The wealthy captain owns a ( flight, fleet ) of ships.
5. A few garbage men are clearing a ( set, pile ) of trash at the roadside.
6. I saw a ( gaggle, company ) of colorful parrots at the zoo last week.
7. While escaping from the house owner, the burglar tripped and fell down a ( flight, stack ) of steps.
8. Mrs. Ding bought a ( bunch, suit) of flowers from the florist’s.
9. There is a ( group, range ) of mountains a couple of miles away from the town.
10. Mr. Richard handed a ( wad, ring ) of keys to his daughter.
1.pack 2.bevy 3.suit 4.band 5.gaggle 6.galaxy 7.audience 8.staff 9.tribe 10.party
1.panel 2.set 3.leap 4.culture 5.company 6.flock 7.network 8.drove 9.board 10.library
1.troop/tribe 2.clutch 3.party 4.troupe 5.litter 6.string 7.rouleau 8.nest 9.plague 10.suite
1.school 2.team 3.host 4.fleet 5.pile 6.company 7.flight 8.bunch 9.range 10.ring