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    Default Animal Collecetive noun...singular or plural verb ?

    I'm confused

    A flock of goats is eating grass near the mountain.

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    A flock of goats are eating grass near the mountain.

    it begins with 'a'
    use singular or plural verb ?

    Clarify please..

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    Default Re: Animal Collecetive noun...singular or plural verb ?

    Quote Originally Posted by vader_jr View Post
    I'm confused

    A flock of goats is eating grass near the mountain.

    or

    A flock of goats are eating grass near the mountain.

    it begins with 'a'
    use singular or plural verb ?

    Clarify please..
    Welcome to Using English. In BrE you could use either.

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    Default Re: Animal Collecetive noun...singular or plural verb ?

    By the way, it's "a herd of goats", not a "flock". It's "a flock of sheep".

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    Default Re: Animal Collecetive noun...singular or plural verb ?

    I need more sleep. I looked at that sentence over and over and couldn't think why it sounded wrong! Duh!
    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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    Post Re: Animal Collecetive noun...singular or plural verb ?

    i thought it was "flock"..
    thanks for the reminder..
    goat and sheep are in the same family..:P

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    Default Re: Animal Collecetive noun...singular or plural verb ?

    I respect all the above mentioned posts. In my Longman Advanced American Dictionary, it's written "flock: a group of sheep, goats or birds"/ "herd: a group of animals of one kind that lives and feeds together, like a herd of elephants"
    Also, in oxford collocation flock and herd are both mentioned for goat.
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