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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
_______________ of lawyers entered the courtroom.

I made three _______________ of peanut butter cookies.

My sister-in-law's cat just had a _______________ of kittens.

Does anyone have _______________ of cards?

She had to perform in front of a _______________ of judges.

We went on safari and saw a _______________ of lions.

I went scuba diving and saw a _______________ of colorful fish.

In the movie Frozen, Kristoff and Anna had to escape from a _______________ of wolves.

Her husband gave her a beautiful _______________ of flowers.

Watch out, Alex! There's a _______________ of rhinos!


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188 Comments on “Collective Nouns in English: How to talk about groups of people and things”


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10/10 ☺ . Great lesson,alex. You are doing an excellent job. Thanks a lot!

Saturday, November 26th 2016

    You’re welcome, Anne! Thanks a lot for studying with me.

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

You’re awesome Alex, thank you so much.

Saturday, November 26th 2016

    My pleasure, Gabriel. Thanks for studying with me.

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

I like how you speak because I can understand you ^_^! thanks for the lesson

Saturday, November 26th 2016

    It’s my pleasure. Thanks a lot for studying with EngVid!

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

“A murder of lawyers” is very interesting,maybe a lot of lawyers should be murdered. (Just kidding.

Saturday, November 26th 2016

    Well, that is…too dark for me. :) Plus, there are cool fictional lawyers! Like Matt Murdock aka Daredevil.

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

Thank you very much Alex for the English lesson!

Saturday, November 26th 2016

    You’re very welcome! I hope you enjoyed it.

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

Good morning Alex. Thank you for this wonderful lesson. Now I am abless to improve my vocabulary. I got 10/10 in this quiz. Thank you once again ☺☺

Saturday, November 26th 2016

    Nice job on the quiz! Don’t stop studying. :) You can do it.

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

    hi my name is am from Egypt and i hope to Be friends

    Sunday, December 11th 2016

Great class, I really enjoyed it!

Saturday, November 26th 2016

    I’m glad to hear that! And I love your avatar. :)

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

Thanks a lot, Alex !

Sunday, November 27th 2016

    Any time. Thanks for clicking.

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

10/10 :D I remind the Japanese song “Medaka no Gakko” (A school of killifish). Interesting! Thank you, Alex :)

Sunday, November 27th 2016

    Haha. Nice. I’ve never heard of that song. Maybe I can find it on YouTube.

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

Very useful alex, thank you :)

Sunday, November 27th 2016

    You’re totally welcome, tidiosky!

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

hello MR alex it’s a good topic you offered us,i like your choice of topic,and your explanation is simple and clarified, i almost always get 10 in the quiz because of it,and i like also your funny manner. i have a question ‘is every word related to the other? for exemple: we only use ‘panel’ with ‘judges’ and we cannot use it with ‘teachers’ for exemple and so one for the others?. don’t be afraid of the crash of rhinos,i will be with you against them.great thanks for you alex.

Sunday, November 27th 2016

    Some of the words can be moved around. “A panel of teachers” sounds fine too, but I wouldn’t say “an army of flowers,” for example. :)

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

Ufff….a wealth of new information. I think I´ll watch this video more times to make sure I learn all the vocabulary properly.
Thank you for the video Alex!And for all the examples you gave us to remember the new words.

Sunday, November 27th 2016

    No problem! I’m glad you liked it. I hope the information wasn’t too overwhelming.

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

thanks Mr.Alex for this rare lesson, it contains a wealth of vocabularies, i like your joke about lawlayer and lier.

Sunday, November 27th 2016

    Thanks! I’m glad you had a good time with the video.

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

by the way, i’ve played an online english game called “Fast english” , i’ve tried my best to enter the list of the firsts, but i’ve got a score of 13.000 , so i’ve failled to achieve my goal, i guess that the persons who’ve entred this list have cheated, beacause i guesse it’s impossible to get a score of 20.000, what i mean i dont know if it’s a probleme of my english weakness or it’s a question of cheating, if any one has played this game, he can whrite his score here to dicover the realite about how possible to get 20.000 is.
the URl is “www gamestolearnenglish.com/fast-english/”
the content that i’ve played qnd got 13.000 is called “food 1”.
==> all of you are welcome (-_^)

Sunday, November 27th 2016

    16100 =P. Funnt game =)

    Monday, November 28th 2016

      *funny

      Monday, November 28th 2016

      wow great, interesting,thanks Remacha you’ve given me an idea, you need almost just 2500 to be one of the firstes list,try again,did you play by laptop or by tablet?
      how did you feel about the possibility to achieve a socre of 20.000 ?

      Tuesday, November 29th 2016

    I got 14,600 on my first try. My eyes aren’t fast enough. Haha. Fun game! I’ll have to recommend this to students.

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

Well done, I got 8 correct out of 10 by the way why you threw batch of cookies at the end of lecture.

Sunday, November 27th 2016

    There was a crash of rhinos chasing me.

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

Thank you for giving me a wealth of information. Take care!!!

Sunday, November 27th 2016

    You’re welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

just I wanna say thank you so much Mr Alex.It,s really useful lesson thank you again . bey

Sunday, November 27th 2016

    You’re welcome! Thanks for studying with me.

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

Thank you, for this very interesting and useful lesson.

Sunday, November 27th 2016

    My pleasure. I’m glad you liked it.

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

Thank you for the lesson!
I like some comments here)

Dear Engvid, may be we should make a like button under the coments?)

a murder of lawyers

Sunday, November 27th 2016

    you have a good point

    Sunday, November 27th 2016

    👍👍👍

    Monday, November 28th 2016

    We’ll see! I like the idea.

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

Useful lesson Alex, I’ve never heard about them, now I can get it. Thanks! 10 out of 10

Sunday, November 27th 2016

    Nice job! You killed it!

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

2/10!!! Why can’t I stay awake in class? :))

Sunday, November 27th 2016

    Keep trying!

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

Thank you Alex! Interesting lesson.

Sunday, November 27th 2016

Ouestion: How should I call a group of policemen? Is there a collective noun?

Sunday, November 27th 2016

    Hi Lazaros. It’s a SQUAD of policemen. Bye!

    Sunday, November 27th 2016

      Thank you for answering my question Julio!!

      Tuesday, November 29th 2016

        You’re welcome, Lazaros. It was a pleasure for me.

        Wednesday, November 30th 2016

    Squad works. You can also just say “a bunch of police officers.”

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

      Thank you Adam! You are a great teacher!:)

      Tuesday, November 29th 2016

Very very useful vocabulary, Alex. Thank you so much!

Sunday, November 27th 2016

    As always, I’m glad you found it useful, Julio. :) I hope you have a good holiday season.

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

      Thank you very much, Alex. I also wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season.

      Wednesday, November 30th 2016

Thank Alex the class is very interesting

Sunday, November 27th 2016

    Thanks a lot for checking it out!

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

Thank you Alex

Sunday, November 27th 2016

    You’re welcome. Thanks for checking out the lesson.

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

Hello Alex , hello everyone ,
10/10 this my score . Thank you Alex , this lesson made me search in the dictionary because words you used can have different meanings . I haven’t seen that “crash” ,for example , has so different meanings . It can be used to talk about fight too . Is a lesson about the many different ways one can touch another possible? Wether can it be to do harm , congratulate , give pleasure or stimulate etc…
.thank in advance .
See you

Monday, November 28th 2016

    Hmm, it’s an interesting idea, but it would have to be a little more specific. I’m not sure I fully understand what you’re asking.

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

I keep swinging my hand through a SWARM OF BEES
because I want honey on my table.
I keep swinging my hand through a SWARM OF BEES
I can’t understand why they’re stinging me.

Thank you Alex, you made me reflect on the richness of English vocabulary.

Monday, November 28th 2016

    BEES!

    Monday, November 28th 2016

      the women who wes crying remaind me by a funny moment, it’s carries me back to one day when i was in class of algebra (2nd year of univ), a cat sneak into the amphi and got between girl legs while she was stunned by the lesson, and when she saw it she began suddenly crying,in the other hand, the whole classe began lauphing.

      Tuesday, November 29th 2016

      This is truly the best.

      Tuesday, November 29th 2016

really you are great my devoted teacher :) ..

Monday, November 28th 2016

    Thanks for your feedback, idoo!

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

Thanks Alex this lwsson was great.. I learned new words.. :)

Monday, November 28th 2016

    That was the idea behind the lesson. I’m glad you enjoyed it too!

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

Thanks Alex. I really enjoyed this lesson and your way of teaching. This lesson has a wealth of information :)

Monday, November 28th 2016

    Thanks a lot! :) I had a fun time making this too.

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

Thank you Alex~^^
It was very good video~

Monday, November 28th 2016

    “It was a very good video.” You’re very welcome, vicky. :) Thank you so much for studying with me!

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

THANK YOU ALEX , IT WAS VERY USEFUL AND GAVE ME A WEALTH OF INFORMATIONS .

Monday, November 28th 2016

    “A wealth of information.” :) “Information” is a non-count noun and doesn’t end with an “s.”

    You’re welcome, and thanks for studying with me!

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

Thank you, Alex.
It was very useful lesson for me.

Monday, November 28th 2016

    Yay! I’m glad to hear that, Tetyana!

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

    It’s really wonderful and useful lessons

    Sunday, December 11th 2016

I GOT 70/100— USEFULL LESSON!! this is my skype: felipemal2016 !!! let´s improve our english!!!

Monday, November 28th 2016

    Nice job! I hope you find someone to speak English with. :)

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

Thank you for the great lesson and i have one question please , what about the word ¨fleet ¨ i know it means a group of ships but can it be used to describe any other group of things ?

Monday, November 28th 2016

    Hi Elie! It’s generally for ships or other vehicles. You can refer to “a naval fleet,” “an air force fleet,” “a fleet of cars,” or even “a fleet of alien spaceships.” :) I hope this helps!

    Thursday, December 8th 2016

      THANK YOU

      Friday, December 9th 2016

Thank you ALEX.
This lesson was Great lesson,Useful lesson,Also interesting lesson and Awesome Video!

Monday, November 28th 2016

    Nice! I’m glad you liked it, Abdul!

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

Thanks for the lessons my first time here, good didatic.

Monday, November 28th 2016

    Welcome to EngVid, Fernando! I’m glad you enjoyed the video!

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

    Oops! I meant to say “jibru89.” :) Fernando commented after you.

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

Great Lesson Alex… To be honest I forget this lesson even in my native language :D. Anyway, thank you. You always teach good lessons. I really enjoy it.

Monday, November 28th 2016

    Haha. Don’t worry about it. Many native English speakers forget the more advanced ones too.

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

You such a fantastic teacher Alex. Thanks You and greetings from Mexico.

Monday, November 28th 2016

    You’re very welcome. I’m glad you’re enjoying the lessons!

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

You know, Alex … I really hope we can watch a crash of white rhinos run for a while, but I’m not sure about that in the near future. Thank you so much for the video lesson.

Monday, November 28th 2016

    Ha. We will see. :) Thankfully, I got away in time.

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

Thank you Alex so much! Your classes are so fun.
I want to thank you for teaching us this vocabulary. I didn’t know that these words even exist. Also, the example of the lion king was perfect, I know because it was one of may favourite movies of my childhood(Original version, so you will know my age…), and I rembemer the SNES game, the last level was called “pride rock”. Now I know why.

Have a nice week!

Monday, November 28th 2016

    That’s awesome! I never played The Lion King on the SNES. I did play Aladdin on the Genesis, though. That game had amazing graphics for a 16-bit title.

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

Alex, that was wonderful.

Monday, November 28th 2016

    Thank you for saying so! :) I’m glad you enjoyed the lesson.

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

Thank you so much

Tuesday, November 29th 2016

    It was my pleasure. :) Thanks for studying with me.

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

hi Alex youre videos dont play for me.

Tuesday, November 29th 2016

    I’m sorry to hear that! Have you tried using different browsers? It’s also possible that YouTube may be blocked in your area.

    Thursday, December 1st 2016

Thanks for your lesson. I got 10

Tuesday, November 29th 2016

    Nice work! Keep it up.

    Thursday, December 1st 2016

very clear, thank you!

Tuesday, November 29th 2016

    You’re very welcome. Thanks for checking out my videos.

    Thursday, December 1st 2016

Thanks my dear teacher I got many things from you. I learned more.

Wednesday, November 30th 2016

    That’s fantastic! Thanks for studying with me.

    Thursday, December 1st 2016

Very helpfull, I will always remember “a murder of crows” and “a school of fish” :)

Wednesday, November 30th 2016

    They’re very easy to remember because they’re so distinct. That’s great!

    Thursday, December 1st 2016

Thank you!! :)

Wednesday, November 30th 2016

    You’re welcome. :)

    Thursday, December 1st 2016

“A murder of of lawyers entered the courtroom”- it’s a new phrase, isn’t it? I didn’t find this expression in dictionary.

Thursday, December 1st 2016

    It’s not a common phrase, but it does exist! :)

    Thursday, December 8th 2016

thank you

Thursday, December 1st 2016

    You’re very welcome.

    Thursday, December 8th 2016

10/10 thank you Alex, that was very clear lesson, now I can use those nouns in my conversation with others 😊

Thursday, December 1st 2016

    That’s the right idea!

    Thursday, December 8th 2016

Mr. Alex , sorry for asking but you have skipped my comment above and replied to all other commentators , have i asked a wrong question ?

Friday, December 2nd 2016

    Not at all. The commenting system is weird sometimes, and some comments just take longer to appear than others. I’ve now seen your comment and responded above.

    Thursday, December 8th 2016

      yeah , i have read it , thanks alot

      Friday, December 9th 2016

    sorry to interfer but like you have seen, mr alex don’t mean to skippe your lesson, and he reply on all his commentators as you see without exception, honesly he is the best teacher in engVid and because i admire him i say that.ارجو ان تفهمني شكرا

    Thursday, December 8th 2016

      Sure , he is a great teacher .

      Friday, December 9th 2016

your lesson always very easy to understand and useful for me, Alex. Thank you!

Friday, December 2nd 2016

    Any time. Thank you for studying with me!

    Thursday, December 8th 2016

hello my teacher alex, i haven’t a question but i have a suggestion, may be it is not your responsibility, but if you like my idea,i would you to work on it if it is possible. iam wondering if it is possible to integrate a software in this website we can know through it the percentage of someone of covering the lessons of this site and his level even only in this site and so one.ijust would to reply me about your opinion in this idea and if it is possible. thank you alex.

Friday, December 2nd 2016

    It’s a good idea, and the only thing I can say on this subject at the moment is…stay tuned. :)

    Thursday, December 8th 2016

Collective Nouns 100% Thank you Alex.

Friday, December 2nd 2016

    You’re welcome. Nice job on the quiz score!

    Thursday, December 8th 2016

And how about horses? Is it a herd ? and how about elephants is it also crash?

Saturday, December 3rd 2016

    Yes, it’s a “herd” of horses and also elephants.

    Monday, December 5th 2016

Hi Alex, when we refer to elephants: “A crash of elephants” (in specific) or “A pride” because -I don´t know- they´re animals so very proudly. I think that it´s of agreement with a context or an animal behaivor. So just in a fiction I would say: “A crash of chicks” …

Saturday, December 3rd 2016

    Sorry I did mean: “animal behavior”

    Saturday, December 3rd 2016

    “A herd of elephants” is the most commonly recognized collective noun. The less common one is “a memory of elephants,” but you should only memorize that for trivia nights with friends because no one on the street will know it. Haha.

    Thursday, December 8th 2016

I watched this video today on my 20th birthday

Sunday, December 4th 2016

    Happy birthday! That’s pretty cool. Haha.

    Thursday, December 8th 2016

      Thank you! :) Haha.

      Tuesday, December 13th 2016

thanks a lot Allex,you’ve made a very useful lesson,that I’ve never known except “bouquet”.
is it olright to say,pack of mouse or pack of guinea pigs?

Monday, December 5th 2016

    “Pack” is pretty general, so you can certainly say it. Feel free to just use generic quantity expressions like “a bunch of,” “a lot of,” etcetera as well. The official collective noun for mice is a little weird and not common at all. It’s “a mischief of mice.” Don’t worry at all about memorizing it because no English speaker on the street will know what you’re talking about. Haha.

    Thursday, December 8th 2016

Very useful class. Congratulations.

Monday, December 5th 2016

    Thanks! I appreciate your feedback, and I’m glad you found it useful!

    Thursday, December 8th 2016

Hello, I am In intermediate level of English language and in only 7-8 months I should give IELTS exams or IGCSE , Can you please help me?

Tuesday, December 6th 2016

    Hi Donyx, I don’t do private lessons at the moment, but we have a lot of useful free videos on IELTS preparation on this website. Check out Emma’s videos in particular.

    Thursday, December 8th 2016

Thank you Alex for good lesson^^

Wednesday, December 7th 2016

    You’re very welcome!

    Thursday, December 8th 2016

Thanks Alex for this excelent lesson… You are a great teacher and so fanny. You could be a comedian actor.

Friday, December 9th 2016

10/10. Very, very happy! Thank’s Alex!!!!

Saturday, December 10th 2016

Thank you, Alex. It’s interesting and funny simultaneously )) I wonder what etimology of some words like “murder”

Saturday, December 10th 2016

Alex hiya. I m crash on your lessons . I wannted to asked if it would be possible on your videos to be put english subtitles. .by this way and in combination of your amazing teaching It would be incredibly useful and our lerning will be immproving higly fast. And i m sure your subscriber will be incresed considerably. Please think about it

Sunday, December 11th 2016

Thank you very much Alex, it was very useful, funny and really different..

Monday, December 12th 2016

Thank you so much Teacher Alex !!!
you are the best

Tuesday, December 13th 2016

It’s a great lesson.thank you!

Wednesday, December 14th 2016

I have 9/10 that is a great score, I am so happy for that. I want to say you thank you for learning me and other people english through

Thursday, December 15th 2016

Thank you sir. Your lessons are very helpful. I’ve got 10 on 10.

Thursday, December 15th 2016

difficult!I couldn’t watch the video. 3/10.so sorry. thanks.

Thursday, December 15th 2016

A bouquet of flowers to your, Alex, for good teaching!

Friday, December 16th 2016

I tried again . 7/10 !

Friday, December 16th 2016

Howdy Alex!

Thanks for the funny lesson. It is rather difficult to remember all these collectives, but little by little we can memorise them.

By the way, I hope that crash of bad rhinos have not devoured all your delicious cookies. Ha-ha!

All the best!

Saturday, December 17th 2016

Hi everyone!

I would like to practise my English with a foreign student on Skype. If you are interested, let me know please.

Take care!

Saturday, December 17th 2016

Alex, thank you very much for your brilliant lesson. I know that there are two collective nouns for a group of fish: a school of fish and a shoal of fish. Is there any difference in their usage?
I know that for whales one should say ‘a school of whales’. But what’s, for example, for herrings? ‘A shoal of herrings’ or ‘a school of herrings’?

Wednesday, December 21st 2016

Thank you Alex! :-) This lesson is excellent! You are a very good teacher!

Monday, December 26th 2016

thank you Alex! very nice and useful lesson!

Thursday, December 29th 2016

Nice, My brother! It is very useful!

Saturday, December 31st 2016

Nice lesson Alex!!! thank you so much.

by the way I love your sense of humor

Wednesday, January 11th 2017

Nice explication Alex, your lessons are very easy to understand. Thanks for all.

Thursday, January 12th 2017

Such a worthwhile lesson! You explained it in a very entertaining way Alex! Cool

Friday, January 13th 2017

It is a very useful lesson for me.
Thank you very much!

Sunday, February 5th 2017

These lessons are very helpful, thanks you have a new subscriber and student. :)

Friday, February 17th 2017

Thanks Alex for this lesson!

I’ve known that a parliament of owls was in favor of a murder of crows.

Tuesday, February 21st 2017

Hello Mr.Alex
i really like to see your lessons, now i learned new words.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH

Thursday, February 23rd 2017

You’re my fave, Alex. Keep it up! Thanks for making all of your lessons entertaining and easier to understand.👌

Thursday, February 23rd 2017

Thank You Alex 10/10 :)

Tuesday, February 28th 2017

Ofcourse 10/10 After such thorolly explation from Alex. Thanks a lot!

Sunday, March 12th 2017

thanks, this really help me to improve mi vocabulary :)

Tuesday, March 14th 2017

Thanks for this lesson Alex. You are the guy!

Friday, March 17th 2017

I can believe it !
I got 9 correct out of 10.
:)
I think this lesson is too difficult for me and I thought I can’t answer to any of them
Thank you

Thursday, March 23rd 2017

Thank you for a great lesson!

Sunday, March 26th 2017

Thanks Alex

Monday, March 27th 2017

10/10 Ahahahah… Very amusing!! I’ll test it with my nephew in London ;-)

Wednesday, May 24th 2017

Very interesting, creative and funny! Thank you, teacher!

Sunday, July 30th 2017

I love your videos, thanks Alex for your knowledge.

Monday, July 31st 2017

10/10 I did my homework :D

Saturday, August 26th 2017

Great lesson….Thanks alex

Friday, September 15th 2017

Thank you Alex !

Saturday, October 21st 2017
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