Same Word Used As Noun And Verb

Some words can be used both as a verb and as a noun. Examples are: place, work, interest, harvest etc.

Study the following examples carefully to see how these words are used both as a verb and as a noun.

Place (verb)

  • She placed the books on the table.
  • Many schools place greater emphasis on academic excellence.

Place (noun)

  • I secured the first place in the competition.
  • He has been to several places.
  • We went to several places in Mumbai.

Interest (noun)

  • She has no interest in politics.

Interest (verb)

  • That offer didn’t interest me.

Vow (noun) – a solemn pledge

  • He has promised that he will never break his vow.

Vow (verb)

  • He vowed to avenge his wife’s murder.

Work (noun)

  • I didn’t do much work yesterday.
  • We are impressed with your work.

Work (verb)

  • You have to work hard if you want to score good marks.
  • She worked hard to raise her three children.

Help (noun)

  • She sought help from the passersby.
  • We didn’t receive any help from him.

Help (verb)

  • When he was rich he helped many people.
  • There was no one to help the poor man.

Rain (noun)

  • We didn’t receive much rain this year.

Rain (verb)

  • It rains a lot in July.

Sleep (noun)

  • Make sure that you get sufficient sleep.

Sleep (verb)

  • I sleep whenever I can.
  • I couldn’t sleep well last night.

Fight (noun)

  • They argued for some time and then got into a fight.

Fight (verb)

  • They fight over silly things.
  • Don’t fight with your siblings.

Drink (noun)

  • Have you paid for your drink?
  • He turns nasty after he has had a couple of drinks.

Drink (verb)

  • My dad drinks coffee in the morning.
  • I don’t drink tea or coffee.
  • What would you like to drink?

Laugh (noun)

  • We had a nice laugh at his expense.

Laugh (verb)

  • He who laughs last laughs best.
  • Don’t laugh at disabled people.

Hope (noun)

  • There is still some hope left.
  • Don’t lose hope.

Hope (verb)

  • Let’s hope for the best.
  • I hope to get the job.

Cough (noun)

  • She gave a cough to draw my attention.
  • He has cough and fever.

Cough (verb)

  • Old people who cough up blood should see a doctor immediately.

Fall (noun)

  • I had a nasty fall yesterday and now I cannot walk properly.
  • Pride goes before a fall.

Fall (verb)

  • I watched the mango fall off the tree.
  • If you walk carelessly you will fall.
  • He fell and broke a bone.

Taste (noun)

  • I don’t like the taste of blackberries.

Taste (verb)

  • Please taste the soup.
  • The cookies taste wonderful.

Kick (noun)

  • He got a kick on the stomach.

Kick (verb)

  • Let’s kick the ball.

Harvest (noun)

  • This year the harvest was good.

Harvest (verb)

  • People should harvest rainwater for washing clothes.
  • Farmers harvest the fruits when they are ripe.

Pity (noun)

  • The sage took pity on the poor mouse and turned that into a beautiful girl.

Pity (verb)

  • I pity you.

Water (noun)

  • I drank the whole water.

Water (verb)

  • You needn’t water the plants.
  • Plants need water and sunlight.

Request (noun)

  • I have made an official request.
  • They refused to entertain our request.
  • His request for a raise was rejected.

Request (verb)

  • I request you to wait for an hour.

Pay (noun)

  • Workers will receive a pay hike this year.

Pay (verb)

  • Pay attention to what I say.
  • They pay their workers well.

Look (noun)

  • Take a look at these flowers.

Look (verb)

  • She doesn’t look happy to see me.
  • Look at this.
  • Look. There is something behind the curtain.

Manjusha Nambiar

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