Interchange of one part of speech with another

December 7, 2012pdf

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)
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