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    Default noun oriented vs verb oriented

    English seems to have more noun-oriented forms than verb-orinted ones, and do you happen to know the reason? Any cultural background or unique ways of thinking?Korean/Japanese/Chinse use mostly verb-oriented forms.

    ex)He runs well => He is a good runner.
    She cooks well => She is a good cook
    I walked for a long time => I made a long walk.

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    I am not sure at all that I understand the point you are trying to make. Do you mean that English uses a lot of adjectives versus adverbs? That we turn verbs into nouns? (e.g. runner)

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    Default Re: noun oriented vs verb oriented

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I am not sure at all that I understand the point you are trying to make. Do you mean that English uses a lot of adjectives versus adverbs? That we turn verbs into nouns? (e.g. runner)
    Both of them, but mostly verbs into nouns, I mean.

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    Default Re: noun oriented vs verb oriented

    I don't know for sure, but I think we just like to use forms of the word "be" in normal conversation.

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    Default Re: noun oriented vs verb oriented

    "I made a long walk."
    This is not natural English.

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    Default Re: noun oriented vs verb oriented

    I agree though that we would be more likely to say "I went for a long walk" than "I walked for a long time" although there are contexts where either might be used.

    It was a beautiful day so I went for a long walk.
    I walked for a long time but I still didn't get to the palace.

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