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    Collective Nouns



    1. A panel of judges will decide on the winning entry.

    2. Several rows of flats were built to solve the housing problem.

    3. You have to go up a set of stairs to reach the bedrooms.

    4. A flash of lightning lit the sky followed by loud roar of thunder; big quantity of water began to fall.

    5. Several sheets of paper fluttered to the floor as a gust of wind blew through he window.

    6. A group of people gathered round the scene of the accident. There was a stain of blood on the road beside the overturned car.

    7. Janet went to the shop and bought a jug of milk, four bags of flour, a loaf of bread and a bottle of tomato sauce.

    8. Among the presents she received were a piece of cloth, a bottle of perfume, a pair of glasses and a bunch of flowers.

    9. The audience stood up as the head of Ministers filed into the conference room.

    10. A beam of sunlight penetrated through the window and shone on a bunch of fruit on the table.


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    Looks fabulous. I've just a few minor suggestions. :D

    2. Several rows of flats were built to solve the housing problem.
    ==> But in America--going back to your previous post about "at"--'apartments were built' would be the norm. :wink:

    4. A flash of lightning lit the sky followed by a loud roar of thunder; a large quantity of water began to fall.
    ==> The underlined portion sound odd.

    5. Several sheets of paper fluttered to the floor as a gust of wind blew through the window.
    ==> Typo. the, not he.

    6. A group of people gathered round the scene of the accident. There was a stain of blood on the road beside the overturned car.
    ==> I'd use around or 'round. :D

    9. The audience stood up as the head of Ministers filed into the conference room.
    ==> Tdol'll catch this. I'm Canadian, and so, 'head of Ministers' sounds odd to me. We don't pay that much attention to politics. We trust too much. :D It's a British term, right?

    All the best, :D

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    We have a Head of State.

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    Yeah, in North America ' apartments ' are the same as ' flats ' in Britain I guess.

    I agree that 4 sounds odd, and doesn't look like English phrase at the end. I'd better scrap it.

    How about *** 4. Looking down through the windows of the plane we could see a stretch of islands amidst a large quantity of water. ***


    Somehow I am not fond of repeated word, I would stick to ' group ' at 6:P

    Head of Ministers is nothing wrong in politics, but ' head ' is not the collective noun. Agreed ? I am trying to figure out another term that might fit in. Any suggestions ?[/b]

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    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    Yeah, in North America ' apartments ' are the same as ' flats ' in Britain I guess.
    Know you audience. :wink: Choose words that are used in all dialects.

    I agree that 4 sounds odd, and doesn't look like English phrase at the end. I'd better scrap it.
    Why not add, "Buckets of rain began to fall." :D

    How about *** 4. Looking down through the windows of the plane we could see a stretch of islands amidst a large quantity of water. ***
    a large body of water :wink:

    Somehow I am not fond of repeated word, I would stick to ' group ' at 6:P
    You've missed the point. You wrote 'round'. The word is actually spelled around or 'round with an apostrophe replacing omitted 'a'. :D

    Head of Ministers is nothing wrong in politics, but ' head ' is not the collective noun. Agreed ? I am trying to figure out another term that might fit in. Any suggestions ?[/b]
    Nope. Sorry.

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