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    • Join Date: Mar 2008
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    Collective Noun

    A flock of sheeps is/were running around the field.

    which verb is correct?

    What determines the verb?
    Is it "A flock" ?
    Or is it "Sheeps"?

    It has always confused me.
    I hope someone can teach me the basic rule of collective noun.

    Thanks in advanced.


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    Re: Collective Noun

    plural of 'sheep' is 'sheep', not 'sheepS'

    The verb agrees with the subject of the sentence. In the sentence:

    'A flock of sheep is running around the field.'

    'flock' is the subject.
    Last edited by David L.; 13-Apr-2008 at 06:22.


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    Re: Collective Noun

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    plural of 'sheep' is 'sheep', not 'sheepS'

    The verb agrees with the subject of the sentence. In the sentence:

    'A flock of sheeps is running around the field.'

    'flock' is the subject.
    Thank you Sir for your correction and teaching!

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