Nouns are one of the most interesting parts of speech as they can sometimes act as verbs too. In this column, we are going to take a look at some words that can either be used as nouns or verbs. More often than not many people get confused with these words. Let us take a look at the example below for instance:
1. The dance looks nice. (Noun)
2. I dance every day. (Verb)
In the above examples, the word ‘dance’ in the first sentence is functioning as a noun. But in the second sentence, the word ‘dance’ now functions as a verb.
Other words that can be used as nouns and verbs include the following: Walk, worship, dream, fight, support, trust, refuse, jail, sentence, position, paint, comment, police, centre, labour, catch, focus, attempt, kiss, school, use, ring, form, farm, book, dance, demands, school, silence, point, ring, plant, plan, move, file, fire, dialogue, scheme etc.
All the above words can be use as both nouns and verbs, depending on how it is being used in a sentence.
1. I have a dream. (Noun)
2. I dream every night. (Verb)
3. We listen in silence. (Noun)
4. We silence their towns. (Verb)
5. The fight was interesting. (Noun)
6. The boys fight in the street. (Verb)
7. The support we received from our English teacher was immense. (Noun)
8. I shall support you tonight. (Verb)
9. I am happy our demands were met by the Prime Minister yesterday. (Noun)
10. The law demands that you surrender all the items you stole from the office. (Verb)
11. In Economics, there is a difference between our wants and needs. (Noun)
12. She wants to have fun tonight. (Verb)
These are just some of the examples that I could come up with. You can use the words above and form sentences of your own. In forming these sentences try using each word without changing the form in which they appear.
Source: English Language Lectures 2009
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