What is the difference between a collective noun and a compound noun?

1 Answer
Apr 12, 2018

Compound nouns are formed from more than one word (ex. rainbow). Collective nouns use one word to represent a group and can function as singular or plural.


Examples of collective nouns:

group (of people)

class (of students)

flock (of birds)

Examples of compound nouns:

rainbow (rain and bow)

ice cream (ice and cream)

bluebird (blue and bird)