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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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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 literature.
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).

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