Results 1 to 5 of 5
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Spanish
      • Home Country:
      • Dominican Republic
      • Current Location:
      • Dominican Republic

    • Join Date: Sep 2013
    • Posts: 247
    #1

    What part of speech this might be.

    Dear teachers and members:


    In the two following sentences below I would like to know if both verbs were being properly used.

    a) She smoked her saving completely.

    Meaning that she spent all her saving smoking.

    b) He drank his wife out of the house.

    Meaning that his drinking habit drove his wife out of the house.

    How is a verb called when (is) acting as in both sentences above?


    Regards
    Last edited by The apprentice; 30-Sep-2014 at 03:23.

  1. probus's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada

    • Join Date: Jan 2011
    • Posts: 3,458
    #2

    Re: What part of speech this might be.

    I love b). It is pithy, emphatic and natural in a creative way. A) would be almost as appealing if "saving" were replaced by "savings". Verbs used this way are probably best called metaphorical.

  2. lotus888's Avatar
    Senior Member
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: May 2014
    • Posts: 417
    #3

    Re: What part of speech this might be.

    For the first sentence, try:

    She smoked her savings away.



    --lotus

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Spanish
      • Home Country:
      • Dominican Republic
      • Current Location:
      • Dominican Republic

    • Join Date: Sep 2013
    • Posts: 247
    #4

    Re: What part of speech this might be.

    Thank you for replying probus.


    Even though those verbs above are being used in a metaphorical way, are they grammatically correct?

  3. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,830
    #5

    Re: What part of speech this might be.

    Both sentences are grammatically correct (if "savings" is used).

    As far as your title goes, it should either be a question: "What part of speech might this be?" or a full statement: "I would like to know what part of speech this might be". What you have written is a fragment. That said, it wasn't a good title anyway. Titles should include some or all of the words being queried. A good title for this post might have been "She smoked her saving completely".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

Similar Threads

  1. What part of speech
    By kkentfield in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 28-Mar-2014, 09:20
  2. [Grammar] Down-- part of speech
    By LQZ in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 28-Dec-2009, 11:38
  3. [Idiom] Part of Speech
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 12-May-2009, 17:31
  4. What part of speech is..?
    By Teia in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 20-Aug-2006, 12:02
  5. about a part of speech
    By sariputra in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 10-Jun-2005, 09:10

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •