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Collective Nouns

Gather up all your individual things, all your objects that are the same. Now, put them all together. You now have a collection of objects which together are called a collective noun. Examples; many buffalo is a herd, 12 eggs is one dozen, 13 buns is a baker's dozen, (the baker gives you one for free), a cloud of butterflies, bunch of roses, pod of whales, swarm of bees are all colorful words to describe a collection of nouns, a collective noun. Cunningly Clever!


Everything around us, including us, has a name. A noun by any other name is still a noun. Nouns are a person, a place or an object. Examples; person, teacher, child, father, mom, doctor, reporter .place; school, kitchen, police station, office, classroom, home. object; orange, chair, pencil, computer, car, TV, river, boats. Nouns name.


Location, location, location is the position of the prepositions. Pre - position. They really get around, and underneath and into you. Place them properly in your writing to tell the reader where to go. Examples; beside, around, beside, below, through, inside, in, out.


Vibrating verbs add action to the noun in your writing. Examples; running, reading, thinking, smelling, giggling, struggling, tasting.