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Nouns 09 - Collective Nouns
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Nouns 09 - Collective Nouns

Nouns play an important role in understanding English and they constitute one of the eight parts of speech that are fundamental to reading, writing and speaking the language. As we have learnt, collective nouns are one type of noun and in the previous quiz we learnt some collective nouns that describe groups of animals. Besides animals there are also a variety of imaginary creatures, such as witches, spooks and dragons. Do we have collective nouns for such imaginary creatures? Yes! We do have collective nouns for such creatures and you will learn some of them in this quiz.

Do you recall what gremlins are? They are imaginary creatures responsible for mechanical failure in aircraft. You will be surprised to learn that the collective noun to describe a group of gremlins is DEVILRY. Another unusual collective noun is BASEMENT, which is used to describe a group of vampires.

Besides these words used for imaginary creatures we also have some unusual collective nouns for animals and other things. Does the phrase 'a PARLIAMENT of owls' ring a bell? PARLIAMENT is an unusual collective noun used to describe a group of owls. Similarly, did you know that AUTUMN and BALLET are used as collective nouns to describe particular groups? Do you know which ones? The answer is for leaves and swans respectively.

The subject of collective nouns in English is, probably, the most inventive as they are so unusual and the range of words that they cover is enormous. Every conceivable species is given a collective noun for its group. Again, as in many cases in English, a collective noun can be used for different groups of animals and also the same group of animals can have multiple collective nouns. For instance, a group of monkeys can be called a troop, a cartload, a mission, a tribe or a wilderness! In the quiz that follows, we want you to find out how many unusual collective nouns you can recollect.

1.
Fill in the blank with the correct collective noun - A --- of spooks.
Coven
Racket
Mystery
Rumpus
Among the other options, Coven is an unusual collective noun for Witches, Racket for Banshees and Rumpus for Phantoms
2.
Fill in the blank with the correct collective noun - A/An --- of Parrots.
Exaltation
Watch
Pandemonium
Unkindness
Among the other options, Exaltation is an unusual collective noun for Larks, Watch for Nightingales and an Unkindness for Ravens
3.
Fill in the blank with the correct collective noun - A --- of Sparrows.
Bevy
Rafter
Descent
Host
Among the other options, Bevy is an unusual collective noun for Swans, Rafter for Turkeys and Descent for Woodpeckers
4.
Fill in the blank with the correct collective noun - A/An --- of peacocks.
Mustering
Ostentation
Intrusion
Business
Among the other options, Mustering is an unusual collective noun for Storks, Intrusion for Cockroaches and Business for Flies
5.
Fill in the blank with the correct collective noun - A/An --- of Crows.
Murder
Ambush
Crash
Bob
Among the other options, Ambush is an unusual collective noun for Tigers, Crash for Rhinoceroses and Bob for Seals
6.
Fill in the blank with the correct collective noun - A --- of Buzzards.
Wake
Convocation
Cast
Siege
Among the other options, Convocation is an unusual collective noun for Eagles, Cast for Hawks and Siege for Herons
7.
Fill in the blank with the correct collective noun - A --- of Badgers.
Cauldron
Shadow
Cete
Romp
Among the other options, Cauldron is an unusual collective noun for Bats, Shadow for Jaguars and Romp for Otters
8.
Fill in the blank with the correct collective noun - A --- of Unicorns.
Blessing
Pension
Clangor
Percussion
Among the other options, Pension is an unusual collective noun for Aliens, Clangor for Robots and Percussion for Giants
9.
Fill in the blank with the correct collective noun - A --- Cobras.
Bask
Quiver
Knot
Bale
Among the other options, Bask is an unusual collective noun for Crocodiles, Knot for Toads and Bale for Turtles
10.
Fill in the blank with the correct collective noun - A --- of Dragons.
Gossip
Fellowship
Legion
Flight
Among the other options, Gossip is an unusual collective noun for Mermaids, Fellowship for Wizards and Legion for Demons
Author:  V T Narendra

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