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    dilodi83 is offline Senior Member
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    Default Are they all possible?

    A1) a herd of elephants
    2) a flock of elephants

    B1) a herd of sheeps
    2) a flock of sheeps

    C1) a herd of people
    2) a flock of people

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    How it uses its trunk to pull up a ...........(spot, tuft, mouthful) of grass to eat... ARE THESE THREE NOUNS POSSIBLE IN THIS CONTEXT?

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    Default Re: Are they all possible?

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    A1) a herd of elephants Yes.
    2) a flock of elephants No.

    B1) a herd of sheep No.
    2) a flock of sheep Yes.

    C1) a herd of people No.
    2) a flock of people No.

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    How it uses its trunk to pull up a ...........(spot, tuft, mouthful) of grass to eat... ARE THESE THREE NOUNS POSSIBLE IN THIS CONTEXT?
    "Tuft" and "mouthful" are OK, "spot" is not.

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    Default Re: Are they all possible?

    Agreed, but with two comments:

    You can use a herd of people to speak metaphorically. It's not normal usage, but if you want to describe a scene and make it seem as though the people were moving (or being moved about) as though they were cattle, you could use herd.

    Flock is applied to people in a church setting sometimes, as though the minister were the shepherd and the congregation his flock.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Are they all possible?

    You can also have a memory of elephants or a parade of elephants: Fun With Words: Collective Nouns

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