Saturday, May 2, 2009

Using nouns as verbs for variety in style

In English, we can use certain nouns as verbs to add variety to our writing style. I shall give a few examples in this post.

1 He tried to coin a new word to describe the situation. [coin originally refers to some metal which we use as money means to invent or form a new word in this sentence.]

2 Since he took over the post of Manager, he has tried to effect changes in the running of the company. [effect which is a noun originally is used as a verb carrying the meaning of 'cause' or 'bring about' in this sentence.]

3 The new head quickly chaired his first meeting. [chair which is originally a noun functions as a verb here. It means to preside over a meeting.]

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