Collective Noun for Whales

What Is a Group of Whales Called?

A group of whales is called a pod.
Collective NounUsage
poda pod of whales
collective noun for whales

pod of whales

Other Words for a Group of Whales

While pod is the most common collective noun for whales, a group of whales is also called a school, plump, herd, or gam.

What Type of Word is "Pod"?

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

"Pod Is" or "Pod Are"?

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