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Friday, February 11, 2011

ESL Student Blog: 6 Commonly Confused Noun-Verb Forms

The noun-verb forms below are only one letter apart, but that makes all the difference between using a correct or incorrect part of speech.
1. bath - bathe
bath (noun) - She relaxes by taking a bubble bath.
bathe (verb) - We bathe our dog every so often.
2. cloth - clothe
cloth (noun) - She polished her shoes with a piece of cloth.
clothe (verb) - It’s hard to feed and clothe a family of 7.
3. breath - breathe
breath (noun) - He took a deep breath and jumped into the water.

breathe (verb) - The doctor asked him to breathe deeply.
Note: The /th/ sound in bathe, clothe, breathe is voiced (as in the word ‘the’). The /th/ sound in bath, cloth, breath is voiceless (as in the word ‘three’).
4. drop - drip
drop (noun) - My doctor prescribed very expensive eye drops.

drip (verb) - The water is dripping from the kitchen faucet.
Note: drop as a verb has other meanings.
5. weight-weigh
weight (noun) - She lost a lot of weight on this diet.

weigh (verb) - Let’s weigh the baby again.
6. song - sing
song (noun) - This is our national song.

sing (verb) -
She sings in a choir.
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 10:50 AM
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