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Were there cattle on the road?

grammatically correct? What is the rule regarding the usage of was and were around collective nouns ?

  • "The board has unanimously resolved ..." :) – Kris Oct 26 '14 at 16:11
  • @Kris - "Board" is a collective noun. Cattle, like people, is not a collective noun. The people have spoken, not the people has spoken. – David Hammen Oct 26 '14 at 17:03
  • @David You didn't get the joke. :) – Kris Oct 26 '14 at 17:15
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Cattle is a plural noun that refers to more than one cow or bull. The collective noun that refers to a bunch of cattle as a group is "herd". The herd is moving, but the cattle that comprise the herd are lowing.

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