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Nouns and their verb forms

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Today we look at some nouns, how they change into verbs and examples of use. English learners often confuse the noun form for the verb form when speaking, let's see if we can fix that problem for these words!

advice and advise

Advice (noun): My grandmother gave me some good advice.
Advise (verb): I advise you to travel abroad while you can.

choice and choose

choice (noun): There's not much choice for vegetarians.
choose (verb): Choose the flowers you like most.

confusion and confuse

confusion (noun): The new road signs are causing a lot of confusion.
confuse (noun): Her instructions were confusing.

criticism and criticise

criticism (noun): He doesn't take criticism well.
criticise (verb): The reviewer criticised the lead actor's performance.

decision and decide

decision (noun): They have a big decision to make.
decide (verb): I can't decide where to go to learn English.

explanation and explain

explanation (noun): The explanation he gave for being late was not believable.
explain (verb): Can you explain to me how this coffee machine works?

invitation and invite

invitation (noun): We received an invitation to the wedding through the post.
invite (verb): Did Ahmed invite you to his party?

prediction and predict

prediction (noun): We made predictions about what the world will be like in 50 years.
predict (verb): I predict Real Madrid will win the Champions League.

Now decide if these sentences need a verb or a noun:

  • 1) When will you ___ which bike to buy?

  • 2) Shall we ___ Ben to your party?

  • 3) She looked at me in ___.

  • 4) His ___ makes no sense.

  • 5) It's too difficult to ___ what will happen.

  • 6) Don't ___ me!

  • 7) Can I give you some ___?

  • 8) I'm trying to find an ____ for what happened.

  • 9) His ___ of friends is worrying.

  • 10) I always ___ Paul with his brother.