Collective Noun for Ants

What Is a Group of Ants Called?

A group of ants is called an army.
Collective NounUsage
armyan army of ants
collective noun for ants

army of ants

Other Words for a Group of Ants

While army is the most common collective noun for ants, a group of ants is also called a colony, nest, or swarm.

What Type of Word is "Army"?

The word "army" is a collective noun. A collective noun is a word used to represent a group of people, animals, or things.

"Army Is" or "Army Are"?

Writers are often unsure whether to treat a collective noun like "army" as singular or plural. As a general rule, you should treat a collective noun as singular. However, if the context of your sentence focuses on the individuals within the group, you should treat it as plural. For example:
  • The army is moving nearer. correct tick
  • The army are moving in different directions. correct tick
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This page was written by Craig Shrives.