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Same word as noun and verb

English has numerous word pairs that are spelled alike, but pronounced differently according to whether the word is being used as a noun or as a verb.

SAME WORD AS NOUN & VERB

 

English has numerous word pairs that are spelled alike, but pronounced differently according to whether the word is being used as a noun or as a verb.

 

Some examples are conduct, digest, escort, insult, produce, and record.

With each of these words, and others like them, the accent shifts according to the part of speech.

 

There are many, many more examples of words that can be both nouns and verbs. Here are a few that you're probably familiar with:

 

WORK:

Noun- I have a lot of "work" to do today.

Verb- A person must "work" hard to achieve his or her goal.

 

HELP:

 

Noun- It looks like she needs some "help." verb- Will you please "help" me?

 

RAIN:

Noun- We definitely need the "rain." verb-

When it "rains," it pours.

 

POLISH:

Noun- There is too much "polish" on that brass. Verb-

They needs to "polish" their essays.

 

SLEEP:

Noun- I need some "sleep." verb-

I could "sleep" all ay

 

 

 

HEAT: Noun- Turn that "heat" off.

 

Verb- The weather will really "heat" up later in the day.

 

FIGHT:

Noun- Did you watch the "fight?"

Verb- Don't "fights" her - she's not worth it.

 

DRINK:

 

Noun- I'm so thirsty, I could use a "drink" of water. verb- She needs to "drink" her juice.

 

LAUGH:

Noun- You gave me a good "laugh."

Verb- It's not right to "laugh" at people with disabilities.

 

PAINT:

 

Noun-I like that "paint!" verb- Do you want to "paint?"

 

 

HOPE:

 

Noun- Her pep talk gave me "hope." verb- I "hope" we win!

 

COUGH:

Noun- She has a bad "cough."

Verb- Please doesn’t "cough" in the food.

 

FALL:

Noun- I love everything about "fall!"

Verb- I watched the apple "fall" off the tree.

 

TASTE:

Noun- I like the "taste" of chocolate.

Verb- "Taste" that ice cream.

 

 

KICK:

 

Noun- I got a "kick" out of that!

 

Verb- Let's "kick" a ball. COVER:

 

Noun- The undercover cop is using a reporter job as a "cover." verb- "Cover" the food when you're barbecuing outside.

 

WATER:

Noun- This "water" tastes so refreshing!

Verb-Do not "water" your lawn!


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