The Same Word as Different Parts of Speech - 207

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The Same Word as Different Parts of Speech.


Many English words can be used as different parts of speech. Notice the following sentences.

1. Don’t move!

2. Did you call me?

3. You should never touch a snake.

4. Have you ever tried to plough (plow) a field?

5. Get a dentist to pull that tooth out.

The words in bold are verbs. Now look at these sentences.

6. We had better be making a move.

7. Give me a call about half past five.

8. I hope you will keep in touch with me.

9. A steel plough (plow) is stronger than a wooden one.

10. He gave a good, strong pull at the rope.

Here the words in bold are nouns, though they are the same words as those in bold in sentences 1-5 - Most of the many old English verbs can be used as nouns.

Make sentences in which you use the following verbs as nouns: —

Run        
Place    
Nurse

Shout    
Whip     
Need

Cut         
Nail        
Talk

Brush   
Act         
Wish

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