A recent questions inspired me to do a search on collective nouns. You've heard of a flock of sheep, but how about a congress of baboons or a clowder of cats?
You failed your assignment, sir!
Do it like this... think about your favorite verb in the whole wide world.
Example: absquatulate v. to flee; abscond.
(Random verb, but proof that you can do it easily.)
Now, change it into noun-form. "Absquatulation".
Ask yourself, "Who would absquatulate?"
Maybe cowards or octogenarians? YEAH!
"An absquatulation of cowards"
NOW USE IT IN A SENTENCE!
"An absquatulation of cowards fled from the fight."
I just gave myself an A.
Can you beat me?
EDIT: OH YEAH, Let's put together the other lesson:
"An absquatulation of cowards (is fleeing/are fleeing) from the fight.
They are fleeing separately, individually, so "absquatulation" is being used plurally.
"An absquatulation of cowards are fleeing from the fight."
MASTER OF LANGUAGE ARTS: Use it singularly!
"An absquatulation of cowards, holding hands, is fleeing from the fight."
The participial phrase, "holding hands", made it clear that now they are fleeing TOGETHER, as a group, and so "absquatulation" is being used singularly and must have a singular verb.
|link comment||edited Sep 10 '13 at 03:11 Aaron Prejean Expert|
I up your animal collectives with a SUPER CONFUSING one.
A sloth is one ugly beast, right?
Guess what a group of bears is called?
"a sloth of bears"
One animal serving as the collective for a very different animal.
I guess it really isn't an issue since we don't see bears in groups very often!
I also love to create my own collective nouns!
"A discombobulation of idiots swarmed the stage."
And have you considered using a collective noun as a verb?
"She herded us toward the kitchen!"
Assignment: Come up with a new and crazy collective noun!
|link||answered Sep 10 '13 at 00:31 Aaron Prejean Expert|