Sentence and Word Structure
Collective Nouns

How do you put crew in a collective sentence?

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June 25, 2015 2:47AM

A noun (or a collective noun) functions as the subject of a sentence or a clause, and as the object of a verb or a preposition.


  • A crew of laborers cleared the debris that blocked the road. (the noun 'crew' is the subject of the sentence)
  • The coffee that the crew of pilots ordered was served following takeoff. (the noun 'crew' is the subject of the relative clause)
  • The captain inspected a crew of sailors standing at attention. (the noun 'crew' is the direct object of the verb 'inspected')
  • I'm trying out for a position on the crew of rowers. (the noun 'crew' is the object of the preposition 'on')