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    Collective nouns

    Hello. I've got a question about collective nouns (team, government, family, band, herd, etc). What about the word "money"? Is it a collective noun? Or it's just uncountable and cannot be treated as a collective noun?

    And one more question) The word "collection" is a collective noun. Can this noun be followed by singular or plural verbs like "the family was / the family were"?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Collective nouns

    "Money" is, in my opinion, not a collective noun.

    The word "collection" takes a singular verb (AmE). Example:

    His coin collection is very valuable.

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    Re: Collective nouns

    Collection takes a singular verb in BrE too.

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