Collective nouns are specific words used to name a collection of a particular group of nouns. For example, a shoal of fish, a band of musicians, a fleet of ships, etc. This article will test your knowledge of collective nouns. Try out the collective nouns exercises given to see how good you are with them.
Collective Noun Exercises with Answers
Here are a few exercises on collective nouns. Check them out.
Exercise 1: Identify the collective nouns
Read the following sentences and underline the collective nouns.
- The captain guided the team to play better.
- The flock of sheep was grazing in the fields.
- My father brought a bouquet of lilies for my mother.
- A pack of wolves howled at night.
- A swarm of bees flew into the garden.
- The hunter carries a quiver of arrows.
- Our cat gave birth to a litter of kittens.
- The army marched forward on the battlefield.
- Can you pass me the bunch of keys?
- The French destroyed the Armenian fleet.
- Do you know about the cast of this movie?
- The crew struggled to lead the ship past the stormy waves.
- The board decided to appoint Riya as the Manager.
- Please clean the pile of garbage.
- The entire medical staff got infected by the Coronavirus.
- The Beatles is a famous band.
- The troupe performed the Macbeth drama.
- The Andaman and Nicobar Islands comprise a group of 573 islands.
- The jury passed a unanimous decision.
- A cloud of dust swirled up during the storm.
Exercise 2: Guess the collective noun
- A number of people listening to a lecture/concert
- A group of people who sing in the church or public platforms
- A number of judges who are engaged in a case
- A collection of tools
- A collection of poems
- A collection of different types of books
- A number of grapes or nuts on a bunch
- A collection of ducks, chickens or fowls
- A number of directors of any institution
- A number of lions
- A number of stars in the sky
- A group of bacteria
- A group of penguins
- A group of fish
- A number of cards
- Rookery or Colony
- Shoal or School
Frequently Asked Questions on Collective Nouns Exercises
What is a collective noun?
A collective noun is the name of a number/collection of things or persons taken together and spoken of as a whole. For example, “The shepherd has a flock of sheep.” Here, ‘flock’ is the collective noun as it takes together a number of sheep and speaks of it as a whole.
What is the collective noun for owls?
Interestingly a number/group of owls is known as a parliament.