A Nifty Idea to Practice Not-So-Nice Nouns (i.e., Collective and Aggregate Nouns)

This activity is short and to the point with the opportunities to focus on meaning and form.

STEP 1 – [This may be done as solo work, and then students could share their ideas with a partner. Alternatively, this could be done as a class.] Complete the sentences with your own words.

  1. The police search people’s homes if…
  2. An athletic team is strong when…
  3. Today data is stored…
  4. A herd of cows needs…
  5. In a court of law, the jury has the responsibility of…
  6. At death, a person’s remains are often…
  7. A family can be big or small. My family is…
  8. A student committee is sometimes created in order to…
  9. I feel that nuclear arms are…
  10. In contrast with what was possible 10-15 years ago, communications today are…

STEP 2 – Identify the underlined words that have both a singular and plural form.

STEP 3 – For those nouns that have both a singular and plural form, change the underlined word to a plural noun and make any other necessary changes in the given sentence.

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