Collective Noun for Swans

What Is a Group of Swans Called?

A group of swans is called a bevy.
Collective NounUsage
bevya bevy of swans
collective noun for swans

bevy of swans

Other Words for a Group of Swans

While bevy is the most common collective noun for swans, a group of swans is also called a bank or wedge (in V formation in flight).

What Type of Word is "Bevy"?

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

"Bevy Is" or "Bevy Are"?

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