Questions or inquiries relating to nouns that refer to a group as a whole.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

0
votes
1answer
31 views

Why isn't there a word for the super-type of people and businesses?

I was originally framing this question as a search for the 'right word' but the site's suggestions pointed me to a previous question that was almost identical. So I'll turn the question around and ...
0
votes
1answer
72 views

The class is/are all working on a project together [duplicate]

The class is/are all working on a project together. I am curious to know whether I can use both is and are in this sentence - with a small difference in meaning.
2
votes
8answers
386 views

A simple word for one who seeks adventure and tries to help, but hurts more than they help

I'm writing a novel following a naive young man who thinks that he can make his fortune going around helping people. When he visits a space station on the fringe of the galaxy, hoping to help people ...
1
vote
2answers
60 views

What kind of adjustments are “Brightness” and “Contrast”?

I have "Brightness" and "Contrast" adjustments on my monitor. What would be a word that those could be grouped into? "Picture Adjustments" perhaps? I was hoping for something more specific, because ...
1
vote
4answers
95 views

“Two pairs of trousers” vs. “two trousers”

I have read the following sentence in an exercise book written by a non-native speaker: Wilson has bought two trousers. I know that it is very common to say "Wilson has bought two pairs of ...
0
votes
1answer
32 views

Is “the difference” a collective nouns?

Is "the difference" in What's the difference between ... ?" a collective noun? It seems to be a singular noun, but often the answer of that question is in plural form. Example: What's the ...
1
vote
1answer
47 views

Is the word “school” in the phrase “school of thoughts” a collective noun?

I know "school" in the phrase "school of fish" is a collective noun. Is it a collective noun in "school of thoughts" as well?
1
vote
3answers
77 views

Less Freedom or Fewer Freedoms?

I'm trying to describe that two nations which both guarantee their citizens the right to free speech, asssembly, etc, can have different enforcement policies, resulting a a nation that: a) has less ...
2
votes
2answers
74 views

What's the proper answer to the question “Is Eri's host family kind to her?”

A friend of mine is an Assistant Language Teacher at a junior high school in Japan. The textbook for the grade eight class has the question "Is Eri's host family kind to her?" If I were to answer ...
2
votes
2answers
86 views

Terms to Refer to “Malekind” or “Femalekind”

I'm looking for some terms or phrases that could be used to refer to all the males or all the females collectively and exclusively. Something like a gender-specific version of "mankind" (which usually ...
2
votes
2answers
72 views

What do you call the second word in the naming of sporting events, e.g. “basketball GAME,” “wrestling MATCH,” “track MEET”?

I'm creating a database of sports. There's a column in this database where we store this second word. We're trying to think of a sensible name for this column. Ideas we've tossed around: competition ...
2
votes
1answer
79 views

Can “cinema” work as a collective noun?

The local cinema do not even consider screening this movie. In the above sentence, "cinema" is employed to denote one or more of the staff who determine the programme. My question is, does it ...
9
votes
1answer
573 views

Group of elevators in a building

If we assume a large building with multiple elevators, what would be the name of a group of elevators? Consider a group all those in close vicinity to each other, in the same hall but not necessary ...
1
vote
1answer
156 views

Is the word 'group' singular or plural in sentence: “My group of tenth-graders is/are so well behaved?” [duplicate]

I have read similar questions on this forum and as per best of my knowledge it should be considered plural because it's referring to every student of class. I read this sentence in my grammar book: ...
0
votes
0answers
452 views

“group have” vs “group has” [duplicate]

Do you say: That group has dogs or That group have dogs I'm not too sure which one is right. I'm just confused because I'm not sure whether the word, group, is plural or not
1
vote
7answers
99 views

Collective term for driving, flying and walking systems/hardware?

Not sure if this is the correct place to ask but it is about the English language. I am looking for a collective word that describes the movement hardware for a robot. I am making a game where the ...
0
votes
2answers
79 views

Ownership by other people, but not a collective

How do we write the possessive form for "people?" For instance, let's say that I manage money for other people. The people are individuals, here, not a collective (a people). Which is correct, and ...
0
votes
6answers
355 views

Is there a word for a group of shapes?

Is there a word for a collection of shapes? For example: one triangle, two squares and three circles.
3
votes
2answers
110 views

Canadian English and collective nouns subject/verb agreement

Please, forgive me if this has already been asked. I did a quick search and found nothing specifically regarding Canadians, but a kind redirection would be helpful if this is a repeat. I understand ...
1
vote
1answer
132 views

American versus British collective nouns with plural verbs

"The group are all here." The British seem more inclined to use a plural verb ("are") in sentences like this than Americans are. At some time in the past it struck me that there are some singular ...
5
votes
7answers
383 views

Collective nouns treated as singular and plural in the same sentence

I have a problem with a sentence in a news announcement I'm writing. This is the sentence: 1) Company X is expanding and hires Person Y as their new CEO. I've previously understood that it is ...
0
votes
1answer
55 views

Does orchestra need “the” before it?

Does the sentence It requires full orchestra and progressively adds each of the four brass bands need the between "requires" and "full"?
1
vote
2answers
139 views

What is the name of a group of foods that are not cuisine, cooking technique or ingredient specific?

What would the name for a list of foods that are not specific to cuisine, cooking technique or ingredient? This is a question about how to precisely categorize foods using plain English. A curry is ...
3
votes
3answers
186 views

Is “troop” unique among English words in meaning both a group and an individual member of that kind of group?

The term "troop" can mean a group of soldiers, or it can mean an individual soldier (perhaps in this usage it was originally short for "trooper"). In fact, in modern usage, the plural "troops" almost ...
4
votes
1answer
121 views

What is the correct possessive form of “One of the guys”? [closed]

Which one should it be? One of the guys' One of the guy's EDIT: Never mind, I think I answered my own question. I realized it would probably be related to the object being possessed. E.g.: "One ...
1
vote
1answer
127 views

Classification of Band as a Collective Noun [duplicate]

The band of musicians was playing.- here band is a collective noun. The musical band is popular among teenagers.- Can I say band is a collective noun in this context?
3
votes
3answers
241 views

What is the term for a group of liches?

What is the term for a group of liches? In fantasy fiction, a lich (/ˈlɪtʃ/; cognate to Dutch lijk, German Leiche, Norse lík and Swedish lik all meaning "corpse") is a type of undead creature. ...
-1
votes
1answer
598 views

Collective Noun: Is the possessive with “children” singular or plural? [duplicate]

Which is preferred: Children will have their picture displayed. OR Children will have their pictures displayed. The actually photographs of children not drawings
0
votes
0answers
30 views

Hoard of bugs was/were squashed? [duplicate]

Is hoard of bugs to be treated as singular or plural? ...and what we mean by that is that a hoard of bugs were squashed relentlessly in this release ...and what we mean by that is that a ...
0
votes
0answers
11 views

Has and have usage difference [duplicate]

Three teenage boys have now been released on bail, the London Metropolitan Police have stated. Why it is not "Police has stated"?
7
votes
1answer
2k views

Are “streak” and “ambush” really the collective nouns for tigers?

I am interested in British English collective nouns for tiger. The wikipedia offers "streak" and "ambush". However, when I search google ngrams I get nothing at all for "streak of tigers" or "ambush ...
0
votes
0answers
666 views

Is there a collective term for restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and clubs?

I'm looking for a parent category name for restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and clubs? If the category had included hotels i'd have called it hospitality... but it doesn't.
50
votes
3answers
4k views

Etymology of “a pride of lions”

Etymonline does not hesitate to assume that "a pride of lions" is the same word as pride, noun of adjective proud. There would be other possibilities, e.g. a connection with Latin praeda (prey). A ...
4
votes
3answers
4k views

“Sport” vs “Sports” Origin

I was recently reading this article on the use of "math" vs. "maths" as a collective noun (Americans use the former, Brits the latter). However, the trend seen in "math/maths" is reversed in ...
-2
votes
2answers
237 views

Nouns and pronouns [closed]

When I am writing about the United States and refer to "the states", do I say: "states began using their police powers" or "states began using its police powers"?
0
votes
2answers
82 views

Collective word for these people

I am looking for a word to describe people such as barber, ironsmith, tailor, carpenter etc. People with miscellaneous specialty who would move to a village to serve others who are normally into ...
1
vote
4answers
269 views

word describing name and birthday collectively

i'm looking for a word that would exclusively denote the person's name and birth data it should be analogous with words such as contacts denoting entities such as email, phone number, address ...
0
votes
1answer
127 views

Collective noun for words that describe something they themself contain or are

Is there a collective noun for words that describe something that this word itself contains or is? Here are some examples of what I mean: ‘noun’ is a noun itself; ‘háček’ contains a letter with a ...
1
vote
3answers
116 views

Collective term for physical as opposed to virtual (digital) destinations

I am looking for a word or phrase that encapsulates the following collection of nouns in the sense that they are all physical, proper entities, and that you can go inside them: Words that apply to ...
1
vote
1answer
146 views

Is “Were there cattle on the road?” grammatically correct?

Is Were there cattle on the road? grammatically correct? What is the rule regarding the usage of was and were around collective nouns ?
3
votes
2answers
9k views

Using 'her' vs. 'its' to refer to a country [duplicate]

I am currently reading Liddell Hart's "History of the Second World War", and I'm wondering why he sometimes uses her/she when talking about Japan. In my understanding of English, it should be its or ...
12
votes
4answers
19k views

What is the collective noun for a group of scorpions?

I was reading Walter O'Brien's AMA on Reddit and came across this: oscarveli: How did you choose your hacker name? O'Brien: It was chosen for me in high school as I was a very docile person ...
-1
votes
1answer
171 views

American English: collective noun + verb when collective noun is plural? [duplicate]

I'm struggling with grammar and the name of a group of clinics; let's say that there are five dental clinics colocated in the same building, and the name of that group is Foo Dental Clinics. There's a ...
8
votes
14answers
12k views

What is a group of cars on the road called?

For rental agencies and companies, the cars owned would be a fleet. Several cars escorting a VIP would be a motorcade. However, what if I want to say: I dislike being the lone driver in an empty ...
1
vote
5answers
752 views

Word for a group of similar photos?

Is there a single word or phrase that means a group of very similar photos, such as when a photographer takes a burst of 7-8 shots with the hope of catching the right instant, or to get the best ...
3
votes
1answer
91 views

Can more options use “is”

So I've been learning German on Duolingo (great app by the way if you want to learn a language). I know you guys don't want translations here, but this is more about the English. Of course, not all ...
4
votes
3answers
974 views

Collective noun for lightning(s) / thunderbolts

What is the collective noun for lightning(s) / thunderbolts? A ________ of thunderbolts/lightning(s) Can we use the plural form of lightning with a collective noun? Or should it stay in ...
1
vote
3answers
167 views

What word means a “collection of diaries”?

I like to collect diaries but I couldn’t find any word for this hobby nor for what a collection of diaries is called. If anyone knows please share.
0
votes
0answers
40 views

Plural/singular form for a company in American English? [duplicate]

Somewhere on the internet a guy claims that in American English it's proper to use the singular form for conjugating the predicate of group terms such as company, band, team etc. In British English, ...
1
vote
3answers
2k views

Can I say “stuffs” as a plural noun?

I know that "stuff" is a collective noun, but other collective nouns like "family" can be pluralized, but "stuffs" doesn't sound quite right to me. However, the spell check on my browser says that ...