Collective Nouns in a sentence

Hello,

What would be the correct way of expressing a collective noun in a stentence please?

I am considering the example like this 'All those stunning huge deepwater water fish (collective noun) were displayed here with an open surface.

Is this right?

Thanks

Hi Shabreena!
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I’m from Brazil and my English is too slow yet.

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Carlos Brazil

Hi,

In your example the verb can be plural because ‘fish’ like the word ‘sheep’ is the same both in the singular and the plural. With collective nouns like for example -‘audience’ ‘crowd’ ‘family’ and so on, the following verb can be either singular or plural. It really depends on whether you consider the underlying meaning in the collective noun is a singular entity or it is made up of separate parts.

Alan

Thanks Alan,

From what you’ve described, should I be re-writing like this? ‘All those stunning huge deepwater water fishes (collective noun) were displayed here with an open surface’. I meant to say fish in plural form.

I can’t quite get the sentence properly. Please help.

Hi,

As I said, ‘fish’ can be used for the plural and so the ‘es’ isn’t needed.

This sentence is fine: All those stunning huge deep-water water fish (collective noun) were displayed here …

Alan