We all get confused about nouns when we see them in different contexts .Sometimes a noun is not a noun.It can act as a verb.It can act even as an adjective .Let us find out when is a noun not a noun.
Noun which is a part of speech can sometimes be used as a verb and an adjective for different grammatical purposes.
For example,Let us consider the word ‘run’ .It can function as a noun in a sentence.But sometimes this can also be a verb.Look at the sentences given below..
1.I am going for a run.
2.I am about to run the marathon.
In the first sentence the word ‘run‘ functions as a noun.But in the second sentence the same word is functioning as a verb.
Let us look at another example where the word ‘influence’ is written as a noun and not a noun.
1.Her grandfather had a big influence on him
2.Gandhiji’s ideas influenced a group of people in the freedom struggle.
In the first sentence the word ‘influence’ is used as a noun.But when it comes to the second sentence it becomes a verb.
1.Radha has a black dress.
Here the word ‘black’ which is usually a noun ,is used as an adjective which modifies another noun.
How do you know a noun is a noun?
Mostly if a word follows articles like a,an or the and adjectives like some,high probability is there that the word must be a noun.And if the word is the name of a place,a person and an objects,it is definitely a noun.
1.The drama was written by him.
Here ‘drama’ is a noun.It follows the article ‘the’.
2.Some pages were torn out.
Here the word ‘pages’ is a noun.It follows the adjective ‘some’
3.Ramanujan was a famous Mathematician.
Here ‘Ramanujan’ is a noun since it is a name of a person.
can a noun not be a noun ?
Nouns other than names of places and persons can sometimes be used as verbs.
Lets us have a look at the word’watch’
1.My father bought me a brand new watch.
2.They watched the movie with me.
In the first sentence the word ‘watch’ functions as a noun. In the second sentence that noun ‘watch’ is not a noun. It is a verb there.
Let us go through another example when noun cannot be a noun.
1.One has to keep one’s promise.
2.He promised me a gift for my birthday.
In the first sentence the word ‘promise’ functions as a noun.In the second sentence, the same word is used as a verb. So here the noun became a verb when we changed it into another part of speech.
Where a noun not be a noun?
Sometimes gerund can act as a noun and a verb.In those situations a noun cannot be used as a noun.
1. Selling is her nice in marketing
2. She is selling books.
In the first sentence ‘selling ‘ is a noun.In the second sentence that noun is not a noun. It is a used as a verb .
1.Runnig is a good exercise
2.He is running a marathon.
In the first sentence ‘running’ functions as a noun.In the second sentence ‘running’ is not a noun.It is used as a verb.
Why a noun may not be a noun?
Sometimes a noun can be used two times.In those scenarios a noun may not be a noun.It can be an adjective instead.
1.Sam is our science teacher.
Here the word ‘science’ which is a noun is used as an adjective.It modifies another noun ‘teacher’.
2.He is a clever clerk .
Here the word ‘clever’ is used as an adjective.
Conclusion :Noun which is often used to name a person,place or an object can sometimes be used as another part of speech.It can be used as verbs and as adjectives depending upon the purpose of the word we use.