Collective Nouns Quiz: Grammar Test!

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Do you understand what a collective noun is? A collective noun is a compilation of things taken as a whole. Most collective nouns in ordinary speech are not specific to one type of item. You could say that you adopted a group of adorable little furry kittens. The s at the end of the kitten signifies that it is more than one. Play our quiz and demonstrate your knowledge of collective nouns.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The team _____ on the field.

    • A.

      Is

    • B.

      Are

    Correct Answer
    A. Is
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "is" because "team" is a collective noun that refers to a singular group of individuals. Therefore, the verb should also be singular to agree with the subject.

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  • 2. 

    The team _____ showering.

    • A.

      Is

    • B.

      Are

    Correct Answer
    B. Are
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "are" because the word "team" is a collective noun that refers to a group of individuals. Even though "team" is singular in form, it represents multiple people, so the verb that follows should be plural. Therefore, "are" is the correct choice to agree with the subject "team."

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  • 3. 

    His family _____ in that house.

    • A.

      Live

    • B.

      Lives

    Correct Answer
    B. Lives
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "lives" because the subject "family" is a collective noun that refers to a group of individuals. In this case, the verb should agree with the singular form of the noun, so "lives" is the appropriate verb form.

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  • 4. 

    His family _____ living in various parts of Canada.

    • A.

      Is

    • B.

      Are

    Correct Answer
    B. Are
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "are" because the subject "family" is a collective noun that refers to a group of individuals. In this case, the family consists of multiple members, so the plural form of the verb "to be" should be used.

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  • 5. 

    The jury _____ in the courtroom.

    • A.

      Is

    • B.

      Are

    Correct Answer
    A. Is
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "is" because "jury" is a singular noun and requires a singular verb form.

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  • 6. 

    The jury _____ still debating the case.

    • A.

      Is

    • B.

      Are

    Correct Answer
    B. Are
    Explanation
    The subject "jury" is a collective noun that refers to a group of people. In this sentence, the verb should agree with the subject in number. Since "jury" is a singular noun, the correct verb form to use would be "is." However, the correct answer is "are," which suggests that the question may be incomplete or there is some other context that requires the use of the plural verb form.

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  • 7. 

    The tongs ____ by the fireplace.

    • A.

      Was

    • B.

      Were

    Correct Answer
    B. Were
    Explanation
    The word "tongs" is plural, indicating that there is more than one tong. Therefore, the correct verb to use is "were," which agrees with the plural subject.

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  • 8. 

    Tweezers _____ useful when handling stamps. 

    • A.

      Is

    • B.

      Are

    Correct Answer
    B. Are
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "are". In this sentence, "tweezers" is a plural noun, so it requires a plural verb form. "Are" is the plural form of the verb "to be", and it agrees with the subject "tweezers". Therefore, "are" is the correct verb choice to indicate that tweezers are useful when handling stamps.

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  • 9. 

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer _____ liked by us all.

    • A.

      Is

    • B.

      Are

    Correct Answer
    A. Is
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "is" because "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" is a singular noun phrase and requires a singular verb to agree with it.

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  • 10. 

    RL Stevenson’s books _____ worth reading.

    • A.

      Is

    • B.

      Are

    Correct Answer
    B. Are
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "are" because the subject "RL Stevenson's books" is plural, indicating that there is more than one book. Therefore, the verb "are" should be used to agree with the plural subject.

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  • 11. 

    The ship’s crew ______ a mixed group of different nationalities.

    • A.

      Was

    • B.

      Were

    Correct Answer
    A. Was
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "was" because the subject "crew" is a collective noun and is treated as a singular entity. Therefore, the verb should agree with the singular subject and be in the singular form "was."

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  • 12. 

    A pair of scissors ____ in the drawer.

    • A.

      Is

    • B.

      Are

    Correct Answer
    A. Is
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "is" because "pair" is a singular noun and requires a singular verb. In this sentence, "pair" is the subject and "scissors" is the object. Since "scissors" is plural, it can be confusing, but the verb should agree with the subject "pair," which is singular. Therefore, the correct verb to use is "is."

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  • 13. 

    The committee _____ divided on the issue.

    • A.

      Is

    • B.

      Are

    Correct Answer
    B. Are
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "are" because the subject "committee" is a collective noun that refers to a group of people. In this case, the committee is seen as a collection of individuals, so the plural verb "are" should be used.

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  • 14. 

    The class _____ a bright one.

    • A.

      Is

    • B.

      Are

    Correct Answer
    A. Is
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "is." In this sentence, the word "class" is singular, so it requires a singular verb. "Is" is the correct form of the verb for a singular subject.

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  • 15. 

    The class ______ a mixed lot. 

    • A.

      Is

    • B.

      Are

    Correct Answer
    B. Are
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "are" because the word "lot" refers to a group or collection of things, which is plural. Therefore, the verb "are" should be used to agree with the plural subject "lot."

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