Do you have any idea what a collective noun is?
A collective noun makes reference to a group, even if a noun is singular.
A subset of countable nouns that is written in a single unit such as 12 eggs in a dozen, 52 cards in a deck, etc.
We will discuss it further below to remove your confusion.
It is hard to use collective noun because you use a single word for many things such as “a pack of wolves” or “an army”. (These words are in singular form and mean a large group of things).
Let’s have a look at some examples to make you understand the usage of collective nouns.
1. An array of magazines
Magazines when collected together are referred to as array.
Example: the array of magazines is placed on the table.
2. A class of students
A group of students is often called as a class.
Example: a class of students contains 5 boys and 9 girls.
3. A family of trees
Family is a collective noun that is used for trees, plants, or human beings.
Example: a family of trees is found in the the North America.
4. A galaxy of stars
You may have seen the galaxy of stars at night in the sky.
Example: the galaxy of stars looked beautiful last night.
5. A pile of garbage
When garbage is collected, it becomes a pile.
Example: there has been a pile of garbage collected outside the house for two days.
When there is a collective noun in a sentence, we’ll use a singular verb.
Example: the furniture (collective noun) has (singular verb) been put into the living room.
When collective noun refers to a group of people, it is treated as plural.
Example: the people(collective noun) go (verb) to the office in the morning.
Sometimes, it can not be decided whether to use a singular verb or a plural verb in the
sentence, then it depends on the user or writer to choose the helping verb himself.
Example: the committee is (singular verb) made.
The committee are (plural verb) made.
List of common collective nouns
Collective nouns are important to describe objects because it represents a great connection to the language.