Part of learning English is to learn English nouns and verbs and their pronunciation. Did you know that you pronounce certain words differently if they are a verb or a noun? Think about the example of ‘house’. When the word is a noun, for example: I live in a white house, we pronounce house with an ‘s’ sound. However if the word is a verb, for example: It is a place where they house stray animals, we pronounce ‘houses’ with a ‘z’ sound.
You say many of the words we use in everyday speech differently. This depends on whether the word is a noun or verb. Most native English speakers make the distinction naturally. They it pick up from listening to English-speaking parents, teachers or adults around them. For non-native English speakers, it may be difficult to hear the difference. But once one becomes aware of it, it’ll be easier to pick up.
Certain words follow the ‘s’ for nouns or ‘z’ for verbs pronunciation rule. Whereas others depend on where the stress is on the word.
Learn English Nouns and Verbs – Permit
For example, the word permit as a noun means to have consent to do something. Whereas as a verb, it refers to giving permission for someone to do something. So when we use permit as a noun in a sentence, He has a permit for the lake, the stress is on the ‘e’. However when we use permit as a verb in a sentence, I won’t permit that, the stress is on the ‘i’.
Learn English Nouns and Verbs – Record
Another example of this is the word ‘record’. As a noun in a sentence, I want that record, the stress is on the ‘e’. In the case of a verb, I will record the programme, the stress is on the ‘o’.
There are many words that fall into this category, and the only way to recognise them is through lots of practise, patience and listening to native English-speakers’ conversations. Follow our Pinterest boards for more useful English learning hints and tips.