Nouns of Multitude
When a Collective Noun denotes individual members or things of the group, it is called a Noun of Multitude.
Committee, team, syndicate, faculty, audience, public, company, Congress, orchestra, firm, and Parliament, government, jury, Ministry, army, group, party, crowd, flock, generation, mob, staff, department, family, crew, clergy, herd, etc.,
- The team were all given badges to wear at the event.
- The committee were asked to submit their investigation report.
- The police are interrogating the villagers about the recent incident.
Collective Nouns Vs. Nouns of Multitude:
A Noun of Multitude is also a type of Collective Noun. A Collective Noun denotes an undivided single unit and a Noun of Multitude denotes individual members or things of the group.
In Collective Noun, we use a singular verb whereas, in Noun of Multitude, we use a plural verb.
Examples for Collective Nouns:
In the following sentences, the nouns have been used as a single unit and the singular verb is used accordingly.
- The family is going to attend the function today.
- A jury has expressed its opinion.
- The audience is gathering slowly to attend the event.
Examples for Nouns of Multitude:
In the following sentences, the nouns have been used as individual members and the plural verb is used accordingly.
- The family are going to attend the function today.
- The jury have expressed their opinions.
- The audience have gathered in huge numbers for this great event.
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