The same word or the basic idea can exist in several different forms. For example, the word success is a noun. It has two other forms: successful (adjective), succeed (verb). By using different forms of the same word, we can express the same idea in several different ways.
Study the following sentence.
- He succeeded in his attempt. (Succeeded – verb)
We can express this idea using the other two forms of success.
- He attempt was met with success. (Success – noun)
- His attempt was successful. (Successful – adjective)
If you know how to transform sentences like this, you will be able to add a great deal of variety to your writing.
More examples are given below.
- Respect your parents and teachers.
We can transform this sentence using the different forms of the word respect.
- Be respectful to your parents and teachers. (Respectful – adjective)
- Show respect to your parents and teachers. (Respect – noun)
- She works diligently. (Diligently – adverb)
- She works with diligence. (Diligence – noun)
- It is obvious that he hides something from us. (Obvious – adjective)
- He obviously hides something from us. (Obviously – adverb)
- The man was shot in the head and died in an instant. (Instant – noun)
- The man was shot in the head and died instantly. (Instantly – adverb)
- She was seemingly convinced. (Seemingly – adverb)
- She seemed to be convinced. (Seemed – verb)
- The farmer was apparently a fool. (Apparently – adverb)
- The farmer appeared to be a fool. (Appeared – verb)