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The Word ‘Verb’ Is A Noun

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Interesting Facts in Easy English

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • verbing: the turning of a noun or adjective into a verb
  • weird out: to make uncomfortable
  • coin: to give something a name

The Word ‘Verb’ Is A Noun

The most common of a noun is a person, place, or thing. The “thing” part of this definition can mean a concept, an idea, or even a word, like the word “verb”. Sometimes nouns are turned into verbs through a process called “verbing” or “verbification”. Take the word “party” for example. It wasn’t that long ago when this word was mainly used as a noun. , to party is one of the most popular verbs out there! Nouns aren’t the only that you can verbify. Adjectives can also be turned into verbs. Have you ever heard the adjective “weird” as a verb? To “weird someone out” means to make someone feel uncomfortable. Newly coined verbs often happen with popular technology or . For example, “google” is one of the most popular verbs around.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What word form is the word “verb”?
  2. What is “verbing”?
  3. Why does the reading mention Google?

Discussion Questions: What adjectives and nouns do you think would work well as verbs? Make up some new verbs, and test them out on your friends and teachers.

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