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Troop vs. troupe

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  • As a noun, troop means (1) a group of people, animals or things, (2)  a group of soldiers, or (3) a great many. As a verb, it means to move in a group or as a crowd. The meaning of troupe is much narrower. It denotes a company or group of actors, singers, or dancers. 

    Examples

    These writers use troop correctly:

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    Not all troops and troop leaders, however, welcomed the Colorado decision. [Huffington Post]

    Thousands of Minnesota soldiers are preparing for the state’s second largest troop deployment since World War II. [My Fox 9]

    On Feb. 26 many of the same stars will troop to the beach in Santa Monica for the Film Independent Spirit Awards. [NY Times]

    And these writers use troupe well:

    Last Minute Low Budget Productions is a non-profit community theater troupe based in Terlingua. [Alpine Avalanche]

    Everyone’s favorite youth Kabuki troupe has finally returned to the airwaves after a long winter’s nap. [Gawker]

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