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Collective Nouns in English (Theory)

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What are collective nouns and what is so interesting about them? A collective noun by its meaning refers to a group of entities (animate or inanimate, such as people or things). The main issue with the collective nouns is whether they should be used as a singular or plural.

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1. Select grammatically valid sentence(s).

The Roman army is immense.
The jury were told to retire.

2. In the sentence "The Roman army is immense.", the emphasis is on:

list of individuals
single entity

3. In the sentence "The jury were told to retire.", the emphasis is on:

list of individuals
single entity

4. If a noun is preceded by a singular determiner, that is, if there is a word in font of the collective noun that tells us that the noun must be singular, we use singular form. Example of these determiners: a, an, each, every, this. In accordance with this rule, select the valid sentences:

Each government is independent.
Each government are independent.
All government are independent.
All governments are independent.

Credits and resources: http://www.languagebits.com/grammar/collective-nouns-in-english-language-1/; How to Write Better English by Robert Allen; Fowler's Modern English Usage

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Credits and resources: http://www.languagebits.com/grammar/collective-nouns-in-english-language-1/; How to Write Better English by Robert Allen; Fowler's Modern English Usage Created by user http://www.jotpub.com/users/mlinar. Published in category https://www.jotpub.com/tests/categories/grammar/nouns/nouns-collective/ with tags: nouns, collective, plural, singular. Thank you for printing and sharing this test! It is free for non-commercial use. The online version is at:
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