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Verbs and nouns that are spelled the same

While doing some work in class on vocabulary building one of the students noticed that often, in English, verbs and nouns can be spelled exactly the same. This can sometimes be confusing when you are reading as it is not always clear if the word is a verb or a noun.

Complete the 16 sentences with the 8 words word below. You need to use each word twice; once as a verb (be careful about the tense) and once as a noun (be careful about singular and plural).

                               answer   burn   cook   float   lock   promise   stamp   whisper
  1. He was __________ to his wife as he did not want to wake the baby.
  2. As the children were not confident swimmers we gave them __________.
  3. Do not forget to __________ the door when you leave!
  4. He failed to keep the __________ that he had made earlier.
  5. My teacher asked the question and I gave an __________.
  6. She has wanted to be a __________ her whole life.
  7. Can you lend me a __________ so that I can post this letter?
  8. She __________ all their questions very carefully.
  9. I like to relax by __________ gently on the water.
  10. I __________ the sausages while I was cooking dinner.
  11. The __________ for the bike is broken so you’ll need to buy a new one!
  12. Tomorrow I will __________ dinner for my host family.
  13. He was treated for __________ after the housefire.
  14. He __________ on my foot by accident while we were dancing.
  15. I __________ I will help you to do your homework later.
  16. She spoke in a __________ because the message was very private.
Verbs and nouns that are spelt the same. English blog activity.

Answers

  1. He was whispering to his wife as he did not want to wake the baby.
  2. As the children were not confident swimmers we gave them floats.
  3. Do not forget to lock the door when you leave!
  4. He failed to keep the promise that he had made earlier.
  5. My teacher asked the question and I gave an answer.
  6. She has wanted to be a cook her whole life.
  7. Can you lend me a stamp so that I can post this letter?
  8. She answered all their questions very carefully.
  9. I like to relax by floating gently on the water.
  10. I burnt the sausages while I was cooking dinner.
  11. The lock for the bike is broken so you’ll need to buy a new one!
  12. Tomorrow I will cook dinner for my host family.
  13. He was treated for burns after the housefire.
  14. He stamped on my foot by accident while we were dancing.
  15. I promise I will help you to do your homework later.
  16. She spoke in a whisper because the message was very private.

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