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collective noun?

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collective noun?

Post by redareda » Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:04 am

Hello! I want to ask. Can we say: 'Traffic are moving slowly today.' or only 'Traffic is moving slowly.'?
Isn't 'traffic' a collective noun?

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Re: collective noun?

Post by Alan » Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:07 am

It is functionally but not formally a collective noun, in that it takes only a singular verb (no plural option, as with 'team', 'family', etc.).

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