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How can I make a noun out of a verb? "Go" use as a verb. Example: I go to school. "Go"...

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shewa55 | Valedictorian

Posted September 27, 2013 at 8:22 AM via web

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How can I make a noun out of a verb?

"Go" use as a verb. Example: I go to school.

"Go" use as a noun. Example: "I have a go" or "It's my go."

So "go" is used both as a verb and noun.

The question is whether "going" is the noun of "go" or not.

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shewa55 | Valedictorian

Posted September 27, 2013 at 4:34 PM (Answer #1)

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Go use as a verb example I go to school.

go use as a noun example I have a go or its my go.

so go uses both as verb and noun.

the question is that going is the noun of go or not.

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 27, 2013 at 4:55 PM (Answer #2)

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Your question was a little confusing, but I think this is what you were asking: How can I a change a verb into a noun? Turning verbs into nouns is quite simple, as is turning nouns into verbs. 

In general, adding an -ance, -al, -(t)ion or -ing suffix to a verb will create a noun. The first three produce derivatives and the -ing produces verbals. For example:

  • I object to the proposed plan. (object here is a verb)
  • I made an objection to the proposed plan. (objection here is a noun)
  • He expects too much of his son. (expects here is a verb)
  • His expectations for his son are too high. (objections here is a noun)
  • She runs every morning. (runs here is a verb)
  • She enjoys running. (running here is a noun)
  • I will text you after school. (text here is a verb)
  • I do all my texting after school. (texting here is a noun)

Of course the opposite, turning nouns into verbs, is just as simple:

  • Joining a committee interests me. (joining here is a noun)
  • I will join a committee because it interests me. (join here is a verb)

Verbs that function as nouns are called verbals, and I have attached excellent sites, below, for you to consult if you need more help. Verbs to which noun-derivative suffixes have been added are called derivatives.

As to "go" as a noun, the informal process of "verbing" does render "go" in noun usage as in the chiefly British English "I'll give it a go." It's rarely used, but "going" can be used as a noun verbal (or gerund) in sentences where is fills a noun function: "Going worries me."

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