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A nominal is a noun. Nominalization is the process of forming nouns from other parts of speech. The other parts of speech from which nouns could be formed are verbs and adjectives.

1. Nominalizing Verbs:

Verbs become nouns in a number of ways.

(a) By taking suffixes such as the following:

-or/-er   -tion/-ation -age
-ant -ment -ice
-ee  -al -ance


endow          –       endowment

endure         –       endurance

acquit          –       acquittal

teach            –       teacher

create           –       creator/creation

(b) By Conversion:

(i) Base form

He refused to slap the boy. (verb)

He gave the man a hard slap. (noun)

We welcome all visitors. (verbs)

We give all visitors a warm welcome. (noun)

(ii) Progressive Form

I am writing a letter to Ben. (verb)

Chike’s writing is not legible. (noun)

Rose was weeping over the loss of her money. (verb)

Weeping does not solve any problem. (noun)

(iii) Definite article + past participle.

The unknown is the interest of inventors. (noun phrase)

The unemployed are the concern of the government. (noun phrase)


Use each of the following words in two sentences – first as a verb and then as a noun. The first one has been done for you as an example.

1. She went to the market to purchase some household items. (verb)
2. She made a purchase of household items (noun)


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1. New Oxford Secondary English Course for SSS 2  by Ayo Banjo et al.
2. School Certificate English Language by I. Udoka.
3. Intensive English for SSS 2 by B.O. Oluikpe et al.


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1. i. She was advised not to walk on a lonely road. (verb)

ii. She took a walk on the road anyway.  (noun)

2. i. We did not punch the mad man. (verb)

ii. He gave the stranger a hard punch. (noun)

3. i. The boys fight on the street every day. (verb)

ii. A fight broke out between the old and the new students. (noun)

4. i. We want to site the building near the river. (verb)

ii. The site of the building is near the river. (noun)

5. i. The boy is reading a story book. (verb)

ii. The Governor took the first Bible reading at the church service (noun)

6. i. He was wounded during the fight. (verb)

ii. The wounded were taken to hospital. (noun)

7. i. They thought over the matter before making a decision (verb)

ii. They gave the matter some thought before they took a decision. (noun)

8. i. One must break eggs to make omelette. (verb)

ii. We had a two-week break from classes.

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