Collective Nouns


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Collective Nouns

 

nouns that refer to a group of persons, objects, or phenomena as an indivisible whole. Examples are rodnia (“kinsfolk”), molodezh’ (“young people”), studenchestvo (“students”), dich’ (“game animals”), and bel’e (“laundry”). Collective nouns may not be used in the plural or in combination with cardinal numbers, in contrast to nouns referring to a group of similar objects or persons, for example, “group” or “herd.”

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In the Arabic language, shajar 'forest' as a collective noun is uncountable.
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Collective nouns such as committee, family, or team are all too often erroneously defined as semantically plural but grammatically singular, as nouns that have "singular form but plural meaning" (Chelaru-Ionita and Bantas 1981:224).
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Another apparent exception to the syntactic rule is found with collective nouns.
The paper provides a synchronic analysis of selected countable, uncountable and collective nouns in the early eighteenth century English.
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As threatened on Saturday, we are ready to unleash a snort of new collective nouns suggested by readers.
For example, she helpfully gives us the collective nouns for all manner of birds.
In endeavouring to discover the answer to Brian's poser, I stumbled across a whole series of collective nouns that may not necessarily have the official seal of approval of The Oxford English Dictionary, but have been contrived to perfectly encapture the spirit of what they are describing.
RESPONSES to our challenge to find new collective nouns are coming in thick and fast.

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