Changing Places of Parts of Speech

Traditionally we all like a grammar that can be learned, can be depended upon. This is not how English is. One of its more frustrating characteristics must be the freedom it seems to have to take one part of speech and use it as another. However, this is also one of the glories of English. It has more flexibility than any other language because its syntax easily adapts to new content and allows it to take in new ideas.

Nouns Becoming Verbs/Nouns Becoming Adjectives

Nouns today sometimes change from nouns, to verbs, to adjectives without even changing their form. For example we can get email; email someone; and get email letters. We can work in an office; office with someone; use office supplies. No other language has this - what some consider scandalous - flexibility. When you see an example of these trends in a science article, look it up in a dictionary published 2000 CE or later. If it is there, add it to your spreadsheets.

Adjectives Being Used as Adverbs

Americans have a tendency to use adjective forms in place of adverbs. The use of 'good' in situations where 'well' has been traditional, 'different' for 'differently', or 'slow' instead of 'slowly'. How common or accepted this will be in the future is unknown. So far they are not considered to be correct usage.

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