Collective Nouns

A Collective Noun is the name used for a collection of people, animals or things.


People Animals 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.

People Animals Things
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 5.gaggle 6.galaxy 7.audience 8.staff 9.tribe


1.panel 2.set 3.leap 4.culture 6.flock 8.drove 9.board 10.library


1.troop/tribe 2.clutch 4.troupe 5.litter 6.string 7.rouleau 8.nest 9.plague 10.suite

D. 4.fleet 5.pile 7.flight 8.bunch 9.range 10.ring