NOUNS and VERBS: Stop confusing the two

Many nouns end in ‘tion’, ‘cion’, ‘ing’ (gerund) and ‘ment’. Verb forms, however, vary depending on the tense, number and person.

A noun is a name of a person, place, things, animals, feelings etc. Everything that we see around us is a NOUN.

A verb, on the other hand, talks about action. Though not all verbs are “action verbs” technically, they are nevertheless easily identifiable in a sentence. These verbs either link (linking verb) or support (auxiliary verb).

Remember that we only use ‘to’ before a verb and ‘of’ before a noun.


1.The professor told me to concentrate on my studies.

(NOT: The professor told me to concentration in my studies.)

2. The process of buying a house and lot is complicated.

(NOT: “The process of buy a house and lot is complicated.)

3. She needs to agree with my proposal so we can increase our sales.

(NOT: She needs to agreement with my proposal so we can increase our sales.)

Some commonly confused noun and verb forms are the following:

Noun– advice, choice, decision, breath, complaint, restrain, success, behavior

Verb– advise, choose, decide, breathe, complain, restraint, succeed, behave

















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