Words that are Both Nouns and Verbs

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Some words take on double duty by serving as more than just one part of speech. In today’s “English Learning Tips for Newcomers”, let’s take a look at words that are both nouns and verbs!

Nouns vs. Verbs
  • Noun: a word that represents a person, place, thing or idea.
  • Verb: a word that presents an action, state or occurrence.
Words that are both Nouns and Verbs
  • Some words can be used as both nouns and verbs, depending on the context. Theses words can be further divided into 2 groups:
  • Group 1: Some words, whether they are used as nouns or verbs, their pronunciation stays the same. Simple enough, right? You don’t need to worry too much about saying them incorrectly. For example,
As a NounAs a Verb
Can you give me an answer before 3 pm?I want to answer that question.
  • Group 2: Some other words change pronunciation depending on whether they are used as a verb or a noun. This can be a bit tricky for English learners. For example,
As a NounAs a Verb
Record /ˈrekərd/Record /rəˈkôrd/
He needs to provide his medical record.I will record this meeting.
Pronunciation rules for Group 2
  • When it is used as a noun, the stress is placed on the 1st syllable.
  • When it is used as a verb, the stress is on the 2nd syllable.
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