Collective Noun for Rats

What Is a Group of Rats Called?

A group of rats is called a swarm.
Collective NounUsage
swarma swarm of rats
collective noun for rats

swarm of rats

Other Words for a Group of Rats

While swarm is the most common collective noun for rats, a group of rats is also called a pack.

What Type of Word is "Swarm"?

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

"Swarm Is" or "Swarm Are"?

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