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.