Monday, 3 December 2012

KIST OF COLLECTIVE NOUNS

Collective nouns are those nouns that denote a group of people, animals, objects, concepts or ideas as a single entity.

These collective nouns are commonly used under the category of people.

  1. A class of students.
  2. An army of soldiers.
  3. A choir of singers.
  4. A crew of sailors.
  5. A band of musicians.
  6. A bunch of crooks.
  7. A crowd of people/spectators.
  8. A gang of thieves.
  9. A group of dancers.
  10. A team of players.
  11. A troupe of artists/dancers.
  12. A pack of thieves.
  13. A staff of employees.
  14. A regiment of soldiers.
  15. A tribe of natives.
  16. An audience of listeners.
  17. A panel of experts.
  18. A gang of labourers.
  19. A flock of tourists.
  20. A board of directors.
Collective Nouns Exercise 1
Collective Nouns Exercise 2

The following collective nouns are used for animals.
  1. A catch of fish.
  2. An army of ants.
  3. A flight of birds.
  4. A flock of birds.
  5. A haul of fish.
  6. A flock of sheep.
  7. A herd of deer/cattle/elephants/goats/buffaloes.
  8. A hive of bees.
  9. A litter of cubs.
  10. A host of sparrows.
  11. A team of horses.
  12. A troop of lions.
  13. A zoo of wild animals.
  14. A pack of wolves.
  15. A litter of puppies/kittens.
  16. A swarm of bees/ants/rats/flies.
  17. A team of horses/ducks/oxen.
  18. A murder of crows.
  19. A kennel of dogs.
  20. A pack of hounds.
The following collective nouns are used for things.
  1. A group of islands.
  2. A galaxy of stars.
  3. A wad of notes.
  4. A forest of trees.
  5. A stack of wood.
  6. A fleet of ships.
  7. A string of pearls.
  8. An album of stamps/autographs/photographs.
  9. A hedge of bushes.
  10. A library of books.
  11. A basket of fruit.
  12. A bowl of rice.
  13. A pack of cards.
  14. A pair of shoes.
  15. A bouquet of flowers.
  16. A bunch of keys.
  17. A chest of drawers.
  18. A pack of lies.
  19. A range of mountains.
  20. A cloud of dust.
Collective nouns are endless and these are just a list of those used more often. As you continue to work on improving your English, you will stumble across many more. Be sure to add them to your list and use them as frequently as you can.

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