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    Default heir; noun or verb?

    In this context: "He knew he would be heir to it in the future."
    Is the word "heir" a noun or verb?
    Or, would "be heir to" qualify as a Phrasal Verb?

    It seems to me that were it worded: "he would be the heir..." then, the word "heir" would obviously be a noun.



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    heir - Definitions from Dictionary.com
    Heir apparent (1375) has the Fr. order of noun-adj.

    The noun heir is short for heir apparent, from the proper noun Heir apparent, which is why it doesn't require an article; e.g. she is (the / an) heir to the thrown.
    be (linking verb) + heir (noun) to (preposition)
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    heir, verb (used with object)
    5. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. to inherit; succeed to.

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    Default Re: heir; noun or verb?

    Thanks for the speedy reply.

    Actually the context is spoken speech in the "South Midland",,,,

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Editor View Post
    Actually the context is spoken speech in the "South Midland",,,,
    If that were the case, which it isn't, be would be the main verb.

    Ex: He knew he would be heir to it in the future.

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    Thanks!

    Can you give me a valid example of "heir" being a verb?

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    The following examples for heir (transitive verb; synonymous with inherited, See http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary) are taken from "heired" - Google Search:

      • Heired property: Unable to locate online - Mississippi (MS) - City ...
      • On the east side of ___ Alligator River and up Whipper Creek which I heired from the death of my father John Sanderlin ...
      • Nicks Sr, land heired by Rebecca Roberts from Quinton Nicks dying intestate ...
      • At his dead, the first son (Sancho) heired the kingdom of Castile, While the second one (Alfonso) heired León.
      • John S. Newbold heired the property, and his estate owns it, and the family resides there.

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    Default Re: heir; noun or verb?

    Thanks again.

    So, if it were spoken thus:

    "He knew he would heir it in the future."

    Then, "heir" would be a verb. Correct?

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    You're most welcome.

    Quote Originally Posted by The Editor View Post
    "He knew he would heir it in the future."

    Then, "heir" would be a verb. Correct?
    Correctamundo! Going back to your first example would be heir, the verb be takes a predicate adjective or a predicate nominal (a noun); e.g., Be happy; Do you want to be a pilot?, ...would be heir (nominal). Test it: ...would be an/the heir.

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    Default Re: heir; noun or verb?

    Thank you very much!

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    Default Re: heir; noun or verb?

    Most welcome.

    An added note, the modal auxiliary would (as in would be and would heir) takes a base verb, an infinitive verb. That's how you know that be and heir in those examples are verbs.

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