Friday, August 14, 2009

How to use the word 'present' correctly

In English, a word can belong to various parts of speech. In today's post, I am going to deal with the word 'present'. This word can exist as a noun, an adjecitve or a verb.

Let us look at how to use it as a noun. You can construct a sentence such as the following:
I gave a present to John on his birthday. [present here means gift]

As an adjective, you can use 'present' after verbs-to-be or in front of a noun. The two sentences below show how the word is used as an adjective.

a) Joshua was not present yesterday because he was down with fever. [present here means be in a certain place such as a school]
b) Mr Smith is the present Chairman of the committee. [present here means current or existing]

You can use 'present' as a verb as follows:
I am here to present a prize to the best student of the school. [present here means give away]

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