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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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