Due to the size of the corpora, this investigation was limited to a maximum of 6,000 instances per collective noun
The non-count nouns can be reformulated as countable in partitive expressions (PART), such as a piece of advice, among which are collective nouns
(COL), for example, a school in a school of cod.
are words that name a group with several members, such as audience, class, flock, jury, and team.
Since the collective noun
in its narrowest sense--according to its meaning --is not really used in plural, it would perhaps be better to use the term collective noun
only for the nouns with suffixes, whose morphological structure already shows what group of identical individuals they denote, see the following examples:
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.
Maggie understands that these fractions are greater than one, so without resorting to mixed numbers, she used the plural form of her collective noun
to describe the fractional parts.
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".
b) TEI believes the term "public" may be too narrow; it technically may not include foreign individuals or corporations; it is also a "mass or collective noun
," whereas the IRS may wish to stress that it wants to interact with its "customers" on a one-on-one, individual basis.
Here, the singular collective noun
audience is followed by the plural they're, which doesn't agree in number with "audience," "a number" or "a person.
Beware dualistic thinking, I tell myself; but also more specifically now, beware starting any sentence with a collective noun
Few countries outside Britain have a collective noun
for their civil service.
In the Link Gallery, Janis Goodman is showing The Ubiquity of Sparrows, a play on the collective noun
for the tiny garden birds.