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Does every word in the English language have a noun, adjective, verb, adverb variant of a word. For example autonomously is an adverb; autonomous, an adjective, but does it have a noun, such as autonomousness? How do you remember the if a word has a all the variants or just a few if any?
Anonymous:I've never thought about this before, as I've never heard it asked, but I would think that you could force any word into a noun, adj., verb, and adv. form, although the results might be non-standard. For example:
Adv.: "The region broke away and governed itself autonomously for a year."
Adj.: "This is autonomous region that has its own local government."
Verb: "This region has been autonomized by the local people. They govern themselves."
Noun: "These people craved autonomoushood more than anything else. And now they've got it."
Anonymous:Autonomy is the noun.
the verb does not work - it conflicts with Autonomism, which is a left-wing socialist political movement.
Anonymous:If autonomize is already a word with another meaning, then maybe:
Verb: This region has been autonomed by the local people. They govern themselves.
tidoDoes every word in the English language have a noun, adjective, verb, adverb variant of a word?No. None of the prepositions or conjunctions do, for example. And in many cases the exact same form without any variation at all can be used either as a noun or a verb.
Anonymous:Any word - including prepositions, conjunctions, proper names, interjections, etc. - can be put into noun, verb, adj., and adv. forms. For example, the preposition "on" (some of the following forms are ancient and well-established in the English language):
As a Preposition: The light switch is on the wall.
As a Noun: On is what this switch does.
As a Verb: I oned the light switch.
As an Adj.: This is the on switch.
As an Adv.: I put on the light switch.
Anonymous:A star high school basketball player is recruited by a major program. But he runs into problems in college. Coach: "You're hogging the ball. There's no I (noun) in team. You're going to I (verb) yourself right out of the starting lineup. You've become an I (adj.) player, only shooting and not dishing it off." Player: "You recruited me as a shooter and that's what I do best. I've always done it Iway (adv.)."
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