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Nouns 10 - Nouns and Verbs
The roses smell so sweet at this time of the year.

Nouns 10 - Nouns and Verbs

We know that nouns are parts of speech that are fundamental to learning English and, simply put, nouns are the names of things. Similarly, verbs are parts of speech that describe some action. Both nouns and verbs are essential to complete a sentence and they are so versatile that they assume many forms. In fact, it is almost always true that a sentence has to have both a verb and a noun in it in order to make sense.

As is fairly common in English, several words appear in different parts of speech and are not rigidly compartmentalised. In fact, we have already been exposed to several peculiar characteristics of English such as homophones and idioms and also words that are adjectives formed from nouns and compound nouns formed from various combinations of words. Verbs and nouns can also be confusing!

You often come across certain words in sentences that stump you because you thought they were verbs, but it turns out that they actually were nouns! ‘My LOVE for her is eternal’ and ‘I LOVE her’ are good examples. LOVE in the first sentence is a noun and in the second sentence it is a verb. To check if a word in the sentence is a noun you could try using the words 'the', 'an' or 'a' before the word and see if it still makes sense. If it does, then it is a noun. To check if a word in the sentence is a verb you could try using the words 'I', or 'you' or any noun before the word and see if it still makes sense. If it does, then it is a verb. When we apply this test to the two sentences containing LOVE we see that it works.

English has many words which double as verbs and nouns and it is good to know more about them. The following quiz teaches you a little bit about such words.

1.
"The roses SMELL so sweet at this time of the year." In this sentence SMELL is a VERB. Choose the sentence below in which SMELL is a NOUN.
The footballers smell awfully after a game.
As soon as I entered the house I was aware of the smell of the dog.
As soon as I went in I could smell the dog.
Would you say dogs smell more than cats?
In the other options 'smell' is still a verb
2.
"His heroic STRUGGLE bore fruit when his team won the match." In this sentence STRUGGLE is a NOUN. Choose the sentence below in which STRUGGLE is a VERB.
The adage 'life is full of struggle' is so very true in his case.
After a long and brutal struggle, the man won his battle in court.
His struggle with grammar was comical.
The couple had to struggle to make both ends meet.
In the other options 'struggle' is still a noun
3.
"Light is able to travel in a VACUUM." In this sentence VACUUM is a NOUN. Choose the sentence below in which VACUUM is a VERB.
Sound cannot travel in a vacuum.
The maid had to vacuum the house twice to clean the house thoroughly.
The vacuum cleaner broke down.
There is a vacuum between two layers of glass in a vacuum flask which ensures that hot liquids stay hot.
In the other options 'vacuum' is still a noun
4.
Now we move our search onto nouns.
"To PRODUCE rice you need paddy." In this sentence PRODUCE is a VERB. Choose the sentence below in which PRODUCE is a NOUN.
The farmer's produce is sold in the nearby market.
I want to know what ingredients you used to produce this yummy ice cream.
Can you produce the same level of performance every time?
I am going to produce the best comedy film of the year.
In the other options produce is still a verb.To check if a word in the sentence is a noun you could try using the words 'the', 'an' or 'a' before the word and see if it still makes sense. If it does, then it is a noun. To check if a word in the sentence is a verb you could try using the words 'I', or 'you' or any noun before the word and see if it still makes sense. If it does, then it is a verb. Try this on 'produce' and you will understand
5.
"The wicked mistress made the maid SLAVE for her everyday." In this sentence SLAVE is a VERB. Choose the sentence below in which SLAVE is a NOUN.
Managers were asked to ensure that the workers slave for 8 hours a day.
In the Roman times many women were asked to slave for Cleopatra.
The dog is a wonderful companion to a blind man as it can slave for him faithfully.
The maid was a slave who ran away from her wicked mistress.
In the other options 'slave' is still a verb
6.
"He slipped on the PEEL of a banana and fell down." In this sentence PEEL is a NOUN. Choose the sentence below in which PEEL is a VERB.
Monkeys peel bananas very easily.
Monkeys can eat a banana peel.
A banana peel is a favourite of the monkeys.
A monkey and the peel of a banana are made for each other.
In the other options 'peel' is still a noun. To check if a word in the sentence is a noun you could try using the words 'the', 'an' or 'a' before the word and see if it still makes sense. If it does, then it is a noun. To check if a word in the sentence is a verb you could try using the words 'I', or 'you' or any noun before the word and see if it still makes sense. If it does, then it is a verb. Try this on 'peel' and you will understand
7.
"The PRESENT I gave her for her birthday was a board game." In this sentence PRESENT is a NOUN. Choose the sentence below in which PRESENT is a VERB.
The father, on his birthday, considered the son's excellent report card as a surprise present.
He was wondering what present to give his sister on her birthday.
I will present her with a board game on her birthday.
The boy stopped crying when he received a present.
In the other options 'present' is still a noun
8.
"PLANT the seed in a pot and place it in the sun." In this sentence PLANT is a VERB. Choose the sentence below in which PLANT is a NOUN.
The thief wanted to steal the plant.
You need to plant poppy seeds to grow opium.
The murderer wanted to plant a fake clue to foll the police.
The Prime Minister was asked to plant a tree to mark his visit to the country.
In the other options 'plant' is still a verb
9.
"The cricket match I watched was a waste of time as it ended in a DRAW." In this sentence DRAW is a NOUN. Choose the sentence below in which DRAW is a VERB.
A Clint Eastwood film is always a good draw at the box office.
This match was the third consecutive draw in the series.
I took a draw on my cigarette and started coughing.
Can you draw the map for me please?
In the other options 'draw' is still a noun
10.
"I had to PARK the car a mile away from the venue." In this sentence PARK is a VERB. Choose the sentence below in which PARK is a NOUN.
Can you park the car in the basement please?
Bicycle owners park their bicycles in the cycle stand.
Formula 1 cars park only for a few seconds at the pit stop.
The biological park was close to the venue.
In the other options park is still a verb
Author:  V T Narendra

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