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Nouns 11 - Nouns and Verbs
"I got the greatest SCARE of my life when the tiger roared at me." Is 'scare' a noun or a verb?

Nouns 11 - Nouns and Verbs

The different parts of speech are the building blocks of the English language. They constitute thousands of words grouped into each section. Grammar is the rule book of English and its sets out how these words are to be formed and what their structure is. Grammar also sets out the way the words from each part interact with words from other parts. Nouns and verbs are parts of speech which are vital to understanding English.

Nouns are naming words as they name people, places, objects, feelings, animals and ideas. Verbs are action words as they describe some action being performed. Nouns are classified into different types such as single nouns, abstract nouns, collective nouns and compound nouns. In the previous quiz we looked at some words which can be used both as nouns and as verbs. In this quiz we continue with our study of using the same word as a noun or a verb.

Look at the following sentence:

"I PADDLE my way to safety with the help of the PADDLE."

What do you find in this sentence? The word PADDLE appears twice. The first time it appears in the sentence it is used as a verb and the second time as a noun.

There is no restriction on the number of times a word can be used in a sentence. If the sentence demands it you can use the same word as a noun and a verb repeatedly. 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. This works in the case of the sentence where ‘paddle’ is used.

There are many words in the English language which can be used both as nouns and as verbs, just like ‘paddle’. Take this quiz and see some more examples of words which can be used as either nouns or as verbs.

1.
"The DAMAGE inflicted on the car was severe." - In this sentence DAMAGE is a NOUN. Choose the sentence below in which DAMAGE is a VERB.
The damage to the car was caused by collision with another vehicle.
The insurance agent assessed the damage to the car.
The son was afraid to show the car's damage to his father.
"How could you damage my new car?" roared the father.
In the other options 'damage' is still a noun. Some more words that can be used both as noun and verb are 'escape', 'finish' and 'grin'. Can you make some sentences using them once as a noun and once as a verb?
2.
"The LIGHT was so bright that it hurt my eyes." - In this sentence LIGHT is a NOUN. Choose the sentence below in which LIGHT is a VERB.
Such a bright light would hurt anyone.
I asked him to light the way with the help of a torch.
The light I shone helped him to cross the dark forest.
Motorists should dim the light when crossing each other in the night.
In the other options 'light' is still a noun. Some other words that can be used both as noun and verb are 'matter', 'influence' and 'hike'. Why not try making sentences using them once as a noun and once as a verb?
3.
"I got the greatest SCARE of my life when the tiger roared at me." - In this sentence SCARE is a NOUN. Choose the sentence below in which SCARE is a VERB.
People now know what a scare is after seeing the tiger.
The scare the tiger gave to the people was real.
Tigers put a scare in people's lives.
I scare easily when I see a tiger.
In the other options 'scare' is still a noun. Some more words that can be used both as noun and verb are 'tour', 'signal' and 'report'. Can you make some sentences using them once as a noun and once as a verb?
4.
"The OBJECT he held in hand was huge." - In this sentence OBJECT is a NOUN. Choose the sentence below in which OBJECT is a VERB.
The huge object in his hand weighed him down.
I object to the use of the bad word.
What was weighing him down was the object that was huge.
The unidentified object was held in his huge hands.
In the other options 'object' is still a noun. Some more words that can be used both as noun and verb are 'spray', 'permit' and 'paste'. Can you make some sentences using them once as a noun and once as a verb?
5.
"Bus TRANSPORT in Bangalore is not up to the mark." - In this sentence TRANSPORT is a NOUN. Choose the sentence below in which TRANSPORT is a VERB.
In Bangalore it is better to have your own transport.
We use car pooling to transport ourselves from home to office and back.
In Bangalore the bike is a good means of transport.
Public transport in Bangalore is better in your own car.
In the other options 'transport' is still a noun. Some more examples of words that can be used both as noun and verb are 'thunder', 'smoke' and 'march'. See if you can make some sentences using them once as a noun and once as a verb
6.
"My father presented me with an expensive WATCH." - In this sentence WATCH is a NOUN. Choose the sentence below in which WATCH is a VERB.
The watch presented by my father was an expensive one.
I did not imagine the watch could be so expensive.
The expensive watch was a good present from my father.
Please watch the presentation ceremony.
In the other options 'watch' is still a noun. Some other examples of words that can be used both as noun and verb are 'touch', 'squash' and 'struggle'. See if you can make some sentences using them once as a noun and once as a verb
7.
"The WHISTLE is an important item for an instructor to have." - In this sentence WHISTLE is a NOUN. Choose the sentence below in which WHISTLE is a VERB.
I whistle and the dog comes running.
I was hampered in my training as my whistle was broken.
He asked, "if your whistle is broken how will you train?".
The broken whistle hampered my training.
In the other options 'whistle' is still a noun. Some more words that can be used both as noun and verb are 'shelter', 'escape' and 'cheat'. Why not try making some sentences using them once as a noun and once as a verb?
8.
"He could not keep the PROMISE he had given to his mother." - In this sentence PROMISE is a NOUN. Choose the sentence below in which PROMISE is a VERB.
My mother was unhappy that I broke the promise I gave her.
The promise I gave my mother was broken.
I promise my mother that I will be a good boy.
I broke the promise I had given my mother.
In the other options 'promise' is still a noun. Some other words that can be used both as noun and verb are 'nail', 'load' and 'insult'. Why not try making sentences using them once as a noun and once as a verb?
9.
"The sailor was able to hold up the SAIL despite the storm." - In this sentence SAIL is a NOUN. Choose the sentence below in which SAIL is a VERB.
He was able to sail through despite the storm.
The sail on the boat held up despite the storm.
There was a tear on the sail and the boat slowed down.
A bird ripped the sail and damaged it.
In the other options 'sail' 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 'sail' and you will understand. Some other words that can be used both as noun and verb are 'ache', 'benefit' and 'charge'. Why not try making some sentences using them once as a noun and once as a verb?
10.
"His LAUGH was so shrill that it jarred everybody." - In this sentence LAUGH is a NOUN. Choose the sentence below in which LAUGH is a VERB.
Somebody should tell him that his laugh is too shrill.
His shrill laugh jarred everybody.
"You laugh in a shrill manner," she lamented.
She left him because she could not tolerate his shrill laugh.
In the other options 'laugh' is still a noun. Some more examples of words that can be used both as noun and verb are 'hate', 'measure' and 'notice'. See if you can make sentences using them once as a noun and once as a verb
Author:  V T Narendra

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