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Serenity Carr, Assistant Editor
Can Collective Nouns Be Plural?
Friday May 22nd 2020
Can collective nouns be plural? — Adnan, Bangladesh

A collective noun is a singular noun that describes a collection or group of people or things. Collective nouns can be plural if you are talking about more than one group. Below are some examples of singular and plural collective nouns.

  • Our cat had a litter of kittens. Our neighbor's cat has had three litters of kittens in the last 6 years.
  • He bought a bouquet of flowers for his mother. The store sells a variety of bouquets.
  • They saw several herds of cows on their long drive across the country. One herd included a calf.


A collective noun already describes more than one thing, but if you are talking about more than one group of things, collective nouns can be plural.

I hope this helps.


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