Discussion in 'English Only' started by matthewfs, Mar 9, 2013.
"He wanted to go for a dance". Is dance both an action noun and verb?
In the sentence you present, it is a noun, although the word "dance" can also be a verb in different syntaxes.
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In the example you have given, it is strictly a noun. Maybe I did not understand your question very well, though...
PS. Cross posted with MQ.
I was just confused with using verbs as nouns also. I never knew you could use a verb as a noun (unfortunately). But, hey, I'm learning. So if i was to say "John made his progress towards the stairs". Progress is a action noun and not a verb because John physically moved?
And thank you, boozer, for the welcome!
Many words are more than one part of speech, depending upon their use. ("Use" is one such word, which I used in my first sentence as a noun, but I'm now using the verb.) You'll find the part(s) of speech given in dictionaries, including the WR dictionary (the search box at the top of the page).
P.S.: We usually go to a dance, not "for" a dance. Is it different in Canada?
As I understand it and use it.
To a dance: To a place where a dancing event is held but without necessarily getting involved in the actual dancing.
For a dance: to dance, to shake it. Let's go for a dance, we didn't come all the way here just for nothing.
Separate names with a comma.