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Nouns 12 - Nouns and Verbs
"I CHALLENGE you to a duel!" Is 'challenge' a noun or a verb?

Nouns 12 - Nouns and Verbs

Can you think of yourself forgetting the names of your friends, pets, places you visited, books you read or movies that you saw? It is unthinkable! The different parts of speech define the English language. They are eight in number and include what are familiar to you by now as nouns and verbs.

A noun is something that will help you to name your friends, pets, places you visited, books you read or movies that you saw. Verbs help you to describe various actions performed by you or your friends or your pets. Nouns and verbs form the backbone of a sentence and no sentence can be formed without the two.

Because of their importance you might think that nouns and verbs are two groups of words that are unique. However, you come across words such as SMOKE, MEASURE and GRIN that double up as both a noun and a verb.

Consider these sentences:

‘The GRIN on his face was good to see.’

‘Whenever I see my little sister getting harried I GRIN and enjoy her reaction.’

You will notice that in the first sentence GRIN is used as a noun and in the second sentence it is used as 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. You will notice that it applies to the two sentences with GRIN in them.

There are a large number of words which take on the dual role of verb and noun and the quiz that follows helps you to understand their usage.

1.
In which sentence is the word in CAPITALS a verb?
The PROTEST was organised to vent their anger.
He used the PADDLE to row himself to safety.
The climate is so bad that the PAINT on the walls peels off.
He asked me to PASTE the picture on Facebook.
'You mix the flour with water to form a PASTE' is a sentence which uses 'paste' as a noun. In the other options the word in capitals is used as a noun. Can you form some sentences using the words 'protest', 'paddle' and 'paint' as verbs?
2.
In which sentence is the word in CAPITALS a verb?
The cabinet secretary circulated the NOTE to the cabinet ministers.
The Reliance group has a PLANT that is world class.
The STORM ensured the abandonment of the cricket match.
Can you SCRATCH the matchstick for me please?
'He has a SCRATCH handicap in this golf club' is a sentence which uses 'scratch' as a noun. In the other options the word in capitals is used as a noun. Can you form some sentences using the words 'note', 'plant' and 'storm' as verbs?
3.
In which sentence is the word in CAPITALS a verb?
I DANCE very well in the movie.
He complained to the EXCHANGE that his telephone was not working.
The TWIST the author gave to the plot was amazing.
Does this TRAIN stop here?
'What a DANCE Hrithik Roshan performed in the movie!' is a sentence which uses 'dance' as a noun. In the other options the word in capitals is used as a noun. See if you can form some sentences using the words 'exchange', 'twist' and 'train' as verbs
4.
In which sentence is the word in CAPITALS a verb?
The Kapoor boy is a STAR on his own merit.
You SEARCH for him here and you are bound to find him.
He was crying because the STING hurt him.
The REASON given by him was unacceptable.
'The SEARCH for him was futile as we could not find him' is a sentence which uses 'search' as a noun. In the other options the word in capitals is used as a noun. See if you can form some sentences using the words 'star', 'sting' and 'reason' as verbs
5.
In which sentence is the word in CAPITALS a verb?
The GLUE is what keeps the flap sealed.
I could see my son on the FLOAT organised on Independence Day.
When I GRIMACE my face looks ugly.
The DIVE conducted by the stuntman was out of this world.
'The GRIMACE on his face looks ugly' is a sentence which uses 'grimace' as a noun. In the other options the word in capitals is used as a noun. Why not try to make some sentences using the words 'glue', 'float' and 'dive' as verbs?
6.
In which sentence is the word in CAPITALS a verb?
The ATTACK by the terrorists was foiled.
The BOUNCE of the ball was so high it sailed over the wicket keeper.
I CHALLENGE you to a duel.
It was hilarious when his BANDAGE fell off.
'I accepted the CHALLENGE for a duel' is a sentence which uses 'challenge' as a noun. In the other options the word in capitals is used as a noun. Why not try to form some sentences using the words 'attack', 'bounce' and 'bandage' as verbs?
7.
In which sentence is the word in CAPITALS a verb?
The dramatist KNIT his drama from his own experiences.
The cricket MATCH was washed off due to rain.
The coach had a firm GRIP on his wards.
My brother has become a GUIDE for the tourism department.
'The designer was happy with the KNIT used on the sweater' is a sentence which uses 'knit' as a noun rather than a verb. In the other options the word in capitals is used as a noun. See if you can form sentences using the words 'match', 'grip' and 'guide' as verbs. 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 'knit' and you will understand
8.
In which sentence is the word in CAPITALS a verb?
What a HEAD of the class he turned out to be!
I am unable to HANDLE my children when my wife is away.
The HIGHLIGHT of the match was the century by the opening batsman.
His child was lost in the FLOOD that plagued the village.
'The suggestion was a HANDLE for dealing with my children' is a sentence which uses 'handle' as a noun. In the other options the word in capitals is used as a noun. See if you can form some sentences using the words 'head', 'highlight' and 'flood' as verbs
9.
In which sentence is the word in CAPITALS a verb?
"JAIL him for fifteen years," ruled the judge.
The children played on the SLIDE happily.
The STRESS was unbearable and he fainted.
Roger Federer holds the RECORD for most number of Grand Slam titles.
'I spent fifteen years in the JAIL' is a sentence which uses 'jail' as a noun. In the other options the word in capitals is used as a noun. See if you can form some sentences using the words 'slide', stress' and 'record' as verbs
10.
In which sentence is the word in CAPITALS a verb?
The GUARD at the apartment complex was hurt in an accident.
With HARNESS in hand he goaded the horse to a win.
The IMPACT of the collision caused him severe damage.
You GAZE at the master's painting with reverence.
'If he keeps his GAZE fixed, he is bound to win' is a sentence which uses 'gaze' as a noun. In the other options the word in capitals is used as a noun. Can you form sentences using the words 'guard', 'harness' and 'impact' as verbs?
Author:  V T Narendra

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