Hi Folks,

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?

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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."

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Autonomy is the noun.
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Noun: "These people craved autonomy more than anything else. And now they've got it."

the verb does not work - it conflicts with Autonomism, which is a left-wing socialist political movement.
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.

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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.
AnonymousAny word
OK, try this word: the
or this one: I
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