How do you use a proper noun and collective noun in a sentence?

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

A collective noun forms a noun clause which is a group of words based on a noun that functions in a sentence as a noun.

Example sentences:

  • Jack rides his bicycle to school. (the proper noun 'Jack' is the subject of the sentence)
  • A wedge of geese flew overhead. (the noun phrase 'wedge of geese' is the subject of the sentence, the collective noun is 'wedge')
  • The repair that the crew of men are making will be completed tomorrow. (the noun phrase 'crew of men' is the subject of the relative clause, the collective noun is 'crew')
  • He likes a Pepsi with his lunch. (the proper noun 'Pepsi' is the direct object of the verb 'likes')
  • The staff is preparing for the next flock of tourists. (the noun phrase 'flock of tourists' is the object of the preposition 'for', the collective noun is 'flock')
  • These are the photos that we took in Paris. (the proper noun 'Paris' is the object of the preposition 'in')