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Chapter 9. Reaching an Agreement: Matchi... > Indefinite Pronouns - Pg. 88

Reaching an Agreement: Matching Sentence Parts 88 You Could Look It Up A collective noun names a group of people or things. Examples of collective nouns include class, committee, flock, herd, team, audience, assembly, team, club, and so on. 1. Singular collective nouns Singular collective nouns include molasses (one kind of syrup) and chicken pox (one kind of disease). Other examples include measles, civics, social studies, mumps, news, cast, social studies, economics, and mathematics. · The play's cast is rehearsing for today's show. The singular subject cast takes the singular verb is. The members of the cast are functioning as a single unit. · The jury returns a unanimous verdict. The singular subject jury requires the singular verb returns; the members of the jury are work- ing together as one unit. Plural collective nouns A collective noun is treated as plural when the group it names is considered to be made up of individuals. Because members of the group can act on their own, the word is considered plural. 2.