Nominalization Of Adjective And Verbs

Nominalization serves as an academic grammatical tool employed to transform verbs and adjectives into nouns. For instance, in the sentence “Exercising is essential for good health,” the verb “exercise” has been nominalized to function as the sentence’s subject. Nominalizations operate akin to nouns, functioning as subjects and objects of verbs and prepositions. In linguistic terms, […]

Nominalization serves as an academic grammatical tool employed to transform verbs and adjectives into nouns. For instance, in the sentence “Exercising is essential for good health,” the verb “exercise” has been nominalized to function as the sentence’s subject.

Nominalizations operate akin to nouns, functioning as subjects and objects of verbs and prepositions. In linguistic terms, nominalization, or nominalisation, refers to using a word that is not a noun (such as a verb, adjective, or adverb) as a noun or as the head of a noun phrase, either with or without morphological transformation. The term can also specifically denote the process of creating a noun from another part of speech.

The formation of nominalizations involves adding a suffix to the original verb or adjective. Suffixes are meaningful segments added to the end of a word, and unlike prefixes, they can alter the part of speech of a word. For instance, the suffix “-tion” changes the verb “digest” into the noun “digestion” in the example sentence “The fiber in apples helps with digestion.”

 

Examples of suffixes for nominalization

  1. “ance/ence” (e.g., “permanent” becomes “permanence”)
  2. “ing” (e.g., “eat” becomes “eating”)
  3. “ness” (e.g., “healthy” becomes “healthiness”)
  4. “ment” (e.g., “enjoy” becomes “enjoyment”)
  5. “tion” (e.g., “assimilate” becomes “assimilation”)

Additionally, verbs can be formed from adjectives through the addition of specific suffixes:

  1. Able: Enable
  2. Abundant: Abound
  3. Wide: Widen
  4. Specific: Specify
  5. Rich: Enrich
  6. Solid: Consolidation
  7. Popular: Popularize
  8. Just: Justify
  9. Flat: Flatten
  • Pure: Purify
  • Different: Differentiate
  • Base: Debase
  • Civil: Civilize
  • Dark: Darken
  • Equal: Equalize

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