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Technical stuff – part 4: collective nouns

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Collective nouns are simply names given to a group of people or animals. Examples include:

  • family
  • assembly
  • jury
  • crew
  • herd
  • flock
  • swarm

Nouns and concrete nouns

Abstract nouns

Proper nouns

Find out more about parts of speech 

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Written by Wordwatch

03/01/2010 at 5:00 pm

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  1. Oh my goodness this is such a helpful site. I’m in high school and I still can’t positively identify anything other than the basic nouns, adjectives and verbs. I barely know what an adverb is and had never come across these noun variations before now. So thanks for making learning easy, even at an age when I should have no trouble with these types of things lol.

    willowbatel

    08/01/2010 at 12:40 am

    • Hi, there, willowbatel — I’m so glad you find it useful! I’m going to cover adverbs and various other ‘parts of speech’ or ‘word classes’, as some prefer to say now. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

      Deborah

      08/01/2010 at 8:08 am

      • I’ll definitely be back to look at that.

        willowbatel

        09/01/2010 at 1:35 am

        • Great! I really hope it is of help to you. Thanks again for stopping by.

          Deborah

          09/01/2010 at 9:06 am


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