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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The significance of this constituent is confirmed by the results obtained for the same set of collective nouns when the of-dependent is absent, as in (16).
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As with collective nouns, there are rare occasions when these concepts are considered plural.
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However, as with collective nouns, there are rare occasions when these concepts are considered plural.

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