Checking the list of collective nouns
, our generation does not seem to have one so might I suggest "a smug of baby boomers"?
Instead, in collective noun-headed constructions the intervening plural nominal element within the of-PP is determinant in verb agreement inasmuch as it reinforces the conceptual plurality inherent to the collective noun
and, thus, favours a higher likelihood of plural verb number, although the outcome is in any case grammatical and acceptable.
Abbreviations and symbols COL a collective noun
DU dual number e.g.
WHEN THE SUBJECT IS A COLLECTIVE NOUN
, TITLE, OR AMOUNT
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Wonderful things, collective nouns
. A "parliament" of rooks and an "unkindness" of ravens, I'd come across before.
Hungarian prefers and uses the singular when referring to an undefined quantity (indefinite number)--in the case of both uncountable quantity (mass nouns and collective nouns
) and countable quantity.
Strangely enough, the suggestion that not all collective nouns
are 'one' and 'more than one' to the same extent has scarcely been made in the collective noun
The Concise Oxford Dictionary does not define the collective noun
for a group of technologists.
This nylon - well, what other collective noun
could there be?
If it's "a flock of swans" and "a bevy of beauties," would the collective noun
be "an assemble of ballet directors"?
Even though measurement models may not require the use of a collective noun
, some preservice teachers who choose measurement models also have difficulty describing fractions greater than one.
And as a handy by-product, there was finally a collective noun
to sum up the team (previously it took several lines and a darn good memory to rattle off all the Olympic workforce segments).