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# I thought collective nouns are singular? For example: the

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I thought collective nouns are singular?
For example: the army is, the group is, the political party is...

What about for the Rocky Mountains? You wouldn't say the Rocky Mountains is, you would say the Rocky Mountains are... and yet Rocky Mountains are collective for the group of mountains.

Can someone explain the rules for collective nouns and their plurality?

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07 Jun 2010, 19:23
IMO:

I think "The Rocky Mountains is great" is correct. (Rocky Mountains is a proper concrete noun)
I think "The rocky mountains are great" is correct. (rocky is an adjective, and mountains is a concrete noun)

Otherwise I don't think Rocky Mountains is a collective noun at all.

I don't think there are any hard concrete rules when it comes to collective nouns. I think you just have to look at the context. From what I know almost always they are singular.

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07 Jun 2010, 19:26
In OG12 SC #1, Glass House Mountains are plural. Any explanation?

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07 Jun 2010, 20:11
I3igDmsu wrote:
In OG12 SC #1, Glass House Mountains are plural. Any explanation?

I checked the OG and your right. I think Proper Nouns can be singular or plural just like any other noun. I think we have to look at context to really decide. For example Niagara Falls could refer to the actual falls, or it could refer to the city.

So now I think you are right, and we should say "Rocky Mountains are".

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08 Mar 2012, 10:28
Collective nouns are almost always singular. In some sentences, when each component of a collective noun is addressed, then it takes plural form.
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09 Mar 2012, 02:51
The below link as some examples that gives different scenarios when collective nouns are singular / plural.

collective-nouns-singular-or-plural-128340.html
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09 Mar 2012, 06:02
Collective nouns are singular most of the time unless the sentence gives emphasis on individual actors and their contribution rather stressing on the group as a whole. Hope it helps.
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