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    group or flock

    I saw a group of tourists.
    I saw a flock of tourists.
    Are they both acceptable?
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    #2

    Re: group or flock

    Only a group/party of tourists is correct.

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    Re: group or flock

    I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker.

    As far as I know, we normally use "flock " when we're talking about animals: oxen, beeves etc. Moreover, we can say it when we're talking about birds, though I'm not sure about it.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    Re: group or flock

    I am not a teacher.

    Other more colourful collective nouns, normally reserved for groups of non-humans, could be used for humorous effect or to show disdain.

    One that comes particularly to mind for tourists is "a gaggle".

    PS @Boris. "Flock" is normally used for birds and sheep.

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    Re: group or flock

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker.

    As far as I know, we normally use "flock " when we're talking about animals: oxen, beeves etc. Moreover, we can say it when we're talking about birds, though I'm not sure about it.
    Sorry, this is way off.

    "Flock" is only used with birds. Its use to describe humans is poetic or whimsical.

    "Beeves" is not a word I have ever used. It may be in the dictionary, but it is not in common use. "Beef" is usually uncountable.

    And the animal is not a "beef" so there would not be a flock of beef. It would be a herd of cattle.

    "Herd" is used with most other livestock, other than birds. But there are unique words used to describe groups of different animals.

    Edit to note I forgot about sheep. Yes, sheep are in flocks.
    http://www.rinkworks.com/words/collective.shtml

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    Re: group or flock

    I am not a teacher.

    I must admit that a flock of beef conjures up hilarious images.

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    #7

    Re: group or flock

    Is 'a folk of tourists' OK?

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    #8

    Re: group or flock

    I was close enough anyway!
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #9

    Re: group or flock

    Hello!

    *I AM NOT A TEACHER OR NATIVE.*

    Quote Originally Posted by fadysandy View Post
    Is 'a flock of tourists' OK?
    Considering Cambridge Dictionaries Online, for instance, yes, it seems to be OK!

    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dict...ritish/flock_1
    Last edited by Ali Hsn; 28-Mar-2014 at 20:50. Reason: SoothingDave pointed out the wrong dictation of flock in the quote and it got corrected.

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    #10

    Re: group or flock

    Quote Originally Posted by fadysandy View Post
    Is 'a folk of tourists' OK?
    Folk? No.

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