15 Collective Nouns to Describe People – English Grammar Lesson

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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.

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