Collective Nouns

My Note English Study on Nouns:  17/03/2016

About : A collective noun is a word which refers to a collection of things taken as a whole. Most collective nouns in everyday speech are mundane and are not specific to one specific kind, such as the word “group“, which may apply to “people” in the phrase “a group of people“, but may also correctly refer to “dogs” in the phrase “a group of dogs“.

a. Collective Nouns for Animals:  

1.) A swarm of bees.


2.) A herd of elephants.

a. A group of cattle or other domestic animals of a single kind kept together for a specific purpose.
b. A number of wild animals of one species that remain together as a group: a herd of elephants.

3.) A pack of Wolves.

4.) A nest of mice.

5.) A flock of Birds.

6.) A litter of kittens.

  • A number of animals born to the same mother at the same time. a litter of kittens.

7.) A flock of sheep.

8.) A troop of monkeys.

9.) A brood of Chickens.

10.) A herd of Cattle.

11.) A nest of Rabbits.

11.) A herd of Buffaloes.

b. Collective Nouns for People:  21/03/2016

1.) A company of actors

2.) A party of Friends

3.) A band of Musicians

4.) A team of Players

5.) A class of Pupils.

6.) A crew of sailors

7.) A choir of Singers

8.) An Army of Soldiers

9.) A staff of Teacher

10.) A gang of Thieves

C. Collective Nouns for Things:  21/03/2016

1.) A bundle of sticks

2.) A fleet of cars

3.) A Collection of stamps

4.) A flight of Steps

5.) A group of island.

6.) A pile of stones

7.) A choir of Singers

8.) A set of Soldiers

9.) A staff of Tools

10.) A Clump of Trees

11.) A bunch of Grapes

12.) A library of books

13.) A pack of Cards

14.) A suit of Clothes

15.) A column of smokes

16.) A string of Pearls.

17.) A bouquet of Flowers.

18.) A bunch of Bananas.


English Grammar Note – The Formation of the Plural Nouns

1. By Adding ‘S’ to the Singular

Singular Plural
aeroplane aeroplanes
bird birds
comb combs
day days

2. By Adding ‘es’ to nouns ending in ‘S’ to nouns ending in ‘s’,’sh’, ‘ch’ and ‘x’

Singular Plural
bus buses
glass glasses
bush bushes
box boxes
fox foxes
match matches
patch patches

3. By Adding ‘es’ to nouns ending in ‘o’

Singular Plural
bamboo bamboos
dynamo dynamos
photo photos
piano pianos