Noun/Verb Redux

Last fall, I did a notecard activity with words that can act as both nouns and verbs in the English language. Since the instructions left many students confused, I tried a new tactic this time around in Advanced Grammar.

  1. I created multiple notecards with a single noun/verb like walk, talk, honor, praise, vote, etc.
  2. Students paired up.
  3. They were challenged to put their word through our advanced definition of a noun: make it plural, make it possessive, and use it in a sentence. Here are some examples of the results, recorded on the back of the notecard:
    1. the smiles of the children    A smile’s power is great.
    2. the works of the students    work’s results
    3. I’ve had multiple talks with the student about his behavior.
    4. your vote’s power   By a show of votes, Alex has won.
  4. Next, students had to inflect their word three ways as a verb (add -s/-es, add -ed, add -ing) and then write original sentences:
    1. She smiles at him. I smiled at him. The newlywed couple is smiling.
    2. He worked in the store. I am working for you.
    3. She talked loudly. I am talking to you.

This approach seems to have worked a little better in showing how diverse — not to mention confusing — English words can be.

 Click here for a massive list of noun/verbs !

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