What is the noun that names a group of persons of things?
A collective noun is one that indicates a group. It can be a
proper noun, such as the Congress of the United States of
America or the Supreme Court or New York Yankees,
or it may be a simple noun, such as legislature, jury, or
team. Other collective nouns: family, majority (as of
people), management, workforce, and faculty. Care
should be taken when choosing a verb to go with collective nouns.
They can take singular or plural nouns, depending on how they are
used in the sentence. When the collective noun is thought of as
acting as a whole, it should take a singular verb; when the
individual members of a group are thought of as acting
independently, then use a plural verb. For example: The jury is
deliberating. (Acting as a unit, collective noun takes a
singular verb) The jury are taking their seats. (Acting as
individuals, collective noun takes plural verb) Beware: many
readers will be uncomfortable with plural verbs with collective
nouns. For example, "The jury are taking their seats" will sound
weird to many readers, even though it is grammatically correct. It
may be better to write "The jurors are taking their seats" or "The
jury members are taking their seats."