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collective noun

a word used to indicate a group of things, e.g. animals as in gaggle of geese, pod of whales. See Table 20.
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In Dutch, verbs are generally singular, no matter whether the collective noun is animate or not (see above), but as far as pronominal concord is concerned, animacy definitely plays a role.
Another apparent exception to the syntactic rule is found with collective nouns.
Jespersen, for instance, defines collectives as "words which denote a unit made up of several things or beings which may be counted separately" (Persson 1989), and Levin (2001: 13), the latest scholar to discuss it to my knowledge, calls collective nouns "singular nouns denoting groups of entities and taking plural targets".
Picture the scene - a bunch of young heed-the-ball chavs (or could the collective noun be a radge?
A 'smack' is the collective noun for group of which marine creatures?
the official collective noun for a bunch of hot male models
What collective noun is given to the counties of Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall?
It occurs 15 times in battle accounts and once in The Spectator, always as a collective noun in the singular:
The rule is that a pronoun referring to a collective noun should be singular unless the individuals who form the group are to be emphasized: "The senior class is holding its party tonight" versus "It is a wise teacher who never does for a class what they can do for themselves.
A 'smack' is the collective noun for a group of which marine creatures?
For what group of animals is the traditional collective noun a skulk?
collections What is the collective noun for these animals?

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