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FROM NOUN TO VERB

Something happens when you change a noun to a verb. To kiss is so much more interesting than a kiss. We may enjoy a run but we can love to run. We can dive, leap, taste, and storm more fully and feel the action as a verb rather than just a noun. It is a linguistic hop, and a conceptual leap – to go from being to doing. Being can be interesting and informative and even all-encompassing, but doing is active and engaged and in the moment. There are numerous words in English that can act as noun or verb, and the essential meaning may change or not, depending on the term. Even when the words mean the same they can have a different connotation; for instance, upstage as a location as opposed to as an action.

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