But, one of the characteristics of a collective noun is that it sometimes takes a plural verb. "Compound" always takes a singular verb.
There can be a compound composed of people, and a chemical compound composed of different kinds of molecules. In both cases, though, the word "compound" takes a singular verb; it never takes a plural verb.
The words family, committee, flock, government and others -- collective nouns, all -- can take plural verb in some conditions, and often do in British English.
I think these nouns -- punnet, clutch, and string -- are units of measure.
"Bunch," when used for a bunch of people, might be considered a collective noun. We might say, "A bunch of people are coming over tonight."
However, when "bunch" refers to things, like a bunch of bananas or a bunch of grapes, the verb is almost always singular. In the New York Times Archives, I found many examples of "a bunch of" + a plural count noun + a singular verb (a bunch of bananas / flowers / grapes was), but only one with "were." Here it is:
A bunch of bananas were wrapped in plastic foam. Meats were carefully packaged, and milk was ice cold. By and large, the quality was unparalleled. ...
So, I think in this case, the word "bunch" can be considered a collective noun used with something inanimate. Gilbert, you have come in first with a correct answer to this puzzle.
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