15 Collective Nouns to Describe People – English Grammar Lesson

15 Collective Nouns to Describe People - English Grammar Lesson

A collective noun is a noun that refers to a group and in today’s lesson we will focus on collective nouns that refer to groups of people. Here are 15 common collective nouns that refer to groups of people:

army,  audience,  band,  board,  choir, class,  community,  crew,  crowd,  family,  group,  panel,  staff,  team, &  troupe

For example:

  1. An army is a group of soldiers.
  2. An audience is a group of spectators at an event.
  3. A band is a group of musicians.
  4. A board is a group of company executives.
  5. A choir is a group of singers.
  6. A class is a group of students.
  7. A community is a group of people who live in a certain area.
  8. A crew is a group of people who work on a vehicle like a train, ship, plane, etc.
  9. A crowd is a large group of people.
  10. A family is a group of related people.
  11. A group is many people together.
  12. A panel is a group of people who are experts in a certain field.
  13. A staff is a group of workers in a store or office.
  14. A team is a group of players or athletes.
  15. A troupe is a group of dancers

In American English, collective nouns are generally considered to be singular. For example, we would say The class is studying hard. However in British English, collective nouns are generally considered to be plural, so they would say The class are studying hard. Here are some example sentences with these collective nouns in American English:

  1. The army is marching on the street.
  2. The audience enjoyed the concert.
  3. The band played for three hours.
  4. The board meets once a week.
  5. The choir sings wonderfully.
  6. The class did well on the exam.
  7. The community is very small and everyone knows each other.
  8. The crew sailed the boat to victory.
  9. A crowd gathered in the park.
  10. The family is the taking a vacation.
  11. The group is ready to depart the hotel.
  12. The panel has made a decision.
  13. The staff is upset about the policy changes.
  14. The team can win the game if they play well.
  15. The troupe dances six nights a week.

Now, it’s your turn. How about writing a few sentences using these collective nouns in the comment box below? I’ll review them for you!

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One-Point English Lesson: Using Reason With For & Why

What is his reason for being late?

What is his reason for being late?

Hi English Language fans! How’s your week going? Today I want to show you how to use for and why with the noun reason.

You can use reason + for.

  • What is his reason for being late?
  • Did you tell your teacher your reason for missing class yesterday?

You can also use for + reason

  • I like pizza for two reasons. It’s delicious and reasonable.
  • I asked you to come here for a reason.

You can also use reason + why/that + S + V

  • The reason why he was late was unusual.
  • I heard the reason that she missed class.

In casual English it’s also possible to use reason + S + V (without why or that)

  • The reason he was late was unusual.
  • I heard the reason she missed class.

Now it’s your turn. How about trying to write an original sentence using some of the above patterns. Use the comment box below!

One-Point English Lesson: So Vs. Such

Some students learning English make a mistake using so and such. Today, I am going to show you how to use these words correctly. The grammar rule for this is very clear. After so, use an adjective. After such, use a noun phrase (adjective + noun). Have a look at the illustration below: happy-english-so-vs-such



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