Collective Nouns

What are collective nouns?

Collective nouns refer to words used to represent a group of people or things.


committee, crowd, flock, audience, group, team, choir, committee, police, crew, family, government...

Are collective nouns plural or singular?

Collective nouns can take a singular or plural verb:

  • Singular if we consider the word to mean a single group or entity:
    Our team is the best.
  • Plural if we take the collective noun to mean a number of individuals.
    The crew are wearing new uniforms.