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    Default Re: Is it correct to say a flock of sheep/deer?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I see. Had you identified the source in the post, I wouldn't have been so confused!

    As I said in my first post, the list on that link shows various possible terms for groups of different animals and I noticed that both "herd" and "flock" were shown for sheep. I would say that the vast majority of BrE speakers would tell you it's flock. Other variants might use a different term.

    I still don't think you can beat a "murder of crows".
    That's a good one. Also there is a "mob of meerkats".
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    Default Re: Is it correct to say a flock of sheep/deer?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I see. Had you identified the source in the post, I wouldn't have been so confused!

    As I said in my first post, the list on that link shows various possible terms for groups of different animals and I noticed that both "herd" and "flock" were shown for sheep. I would say that the vast majority of BrE speakers would tell you it's flock. Other variants might use a different term.

    I still don't think you can beat a "murder of crows".
    I searched for the link only when you asked me where I got it from or else it would be hard to let you know that a group of sheep is a herd (apart from 'flock'). In fact, I learned that a group of sheep is a herd when I was in primary school. We were learning British English. Only recently did I learn that a flock of sheep is also correct. That is the reason for my post.
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    Default Re: Is it correct to say a flock of sheep/deer?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I still don't think you can beat a "murder of crows".
    I got it plea bargained down to a "manslaughter of crows."

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