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Nouns : Collective Nouns for Class 3 English

The topic ‘nouns’ is further explained in this chapter for students in class 3. It begins with the definition of collective nouns with examples, meaning and explanation. Students will also know the most common mistakes made when using collective nouns.

The students will learn how to:

  • Choose the correct word used as a collective nouns for things, people, animals, and places.
  • Use of collective noun in sentence.
  • Collective noun rules and examples.

Students of class 3 will get access to the concept that is detailed with suitable illustrations, interesting facts, examples, and diagrams with organised information to help them understand it properly. They can determine the concept-related skills by answering the twin collective noun worksheet for class 3 provided on the page. These worksheets come with their solutions that can be downloaded in PDF format.

Collective Noun Definition:

Nouns that name a collection of people, animals, or things are called collective nouns. Collective nouns are names given to a specific group.

Examples Explanation :

The word ‘team’ in the above sentence means ‘a group of players’ who won the match this year. Similarly, the word ‘family’ means members of the family who live together. The word ‘bunch’ means a group of sticks that cannot be broken.

Collective Noun Examples in Sentences:

  1. The team won the match this year.
  2. I live with my family.
  3. You can never break a bunch of sticks at once.

Types of Collective Noun

Collective Nouns can name an entire group of persons, animals, or things. A collective noun is used when referring to an entire group performing an action or a group showing the same quality.




  1. gang of robbbers looted the house.



      2. She got a bunch of grapes from her garden.



Collective Nouns Rules:

  1. When all the members of the group perform one activity or show one quality, then use a singular verb form after the collective noun.

        Example :

        ✅The football team participates in the state tournament.

        ❌The football team participate in the state tournament.

      2. Use the singular verb ‘is’ with a collective noun when a group is a singular unit.

         Example :

         ✅ A group is learning various dance forms.

         ❌ A group are learning various dance forms.

      3. The sentences with singular nouns use the article ‘a’ before the noun.


         A group is learning various dance forms.

      4. When all the members in the group perform different activities, then a plural noun is used            with the collective noun.

          Example :

          ✅ The actors of the play werepractising their lines.

          ❌The actors of the play was practising their lines.

       5. The pronoun ‘it’ is usually used to replace a collective noun, as it represents a singular                  unit.

          Example :

          ✅ The bouquet of flowers is beautiful, even though it was not fresh.

           ❌ The bouquet of flowers is beautiful, even though they are not fresh.

Common Mistakes:

  1. Plural nouns for a group of animals cannot be used as collective nouns for animals. The collective nouns given to groups of animals are unique to each class of animals.

         Examples :

    • Bees: a swarm
    • Elephants: a parade
    • Fish: a school


      2. Do not confuse plural nouns with collective nouns. A plural noun is a word in the plural                  form which indicates more than one of that particular noun. A collective noun is a word in              the singular form which represents a group of people, objects or animals.


    • The pack of wolves went on a hunt. (Collective nouns)
    • The wolves went on a hunt. (Plural nouns)


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