Groups of Things, Animals, and People
There are many words which are used in front of of and a plural noun to refer to a group of things, animals, or people. The commonest ones are given here.
Some words can be used to refer to a wide range of things or people:
She joined a group of gossiping villagers in the street.
She may have a collection of old toys left from the time her
children were young.
Some words are usually used to refer to people or animals, rather than things:
A large crowd of students gathered to watch the parade.
An army of ants crossed the flagstones in two close columns.
Some words show the shape of a group of things or people:
He sat down in the middle of the front row of chairs and waited.
The circle of boys broke into applause.
Showing movement or occurrence
Some words show the movement or occurrence of a group of things or people:
Throughout the evening an unbroken stream of people came in.
The decision was followed by a spate of protests.
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