Collective Noun for Fish

What Is a Group of Fish Called?

A group of fish is called a shoal.
Collective NounUsage
shoala shoal of fish
collective noun for fish

shoal of fish

Other Words for a Group of Fish

While shoal is the most common collective noun for fish, a group of fish is also called a school or run (moving upstream for spawning).

What Type of Word is "Shoal"?

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

"Shoal Is" or "Shoal Are"?

Writers are often unsure whether to treat a collective noun like "shoal" 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 shoal is moving nearer. correct tick
  • The shoal are moving in different directions. correct tick
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This page was written by Craig Shrives.