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    Conjugating a noun into a verb

    how would I conjugate the noun "forum" into a verb? The best I can come up with is: forumnal: "It can be difficult to keep up with forumnal conversation."

    Thank you

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    Re: Conjugating a noun into a verb

    I'm not sure what you're asking.

    Do you mean "formal" conversation? That's an adjective. The verb form is "formalize."

    Some adjectives have verb forms: It's beautiful. We beautified it.

    Not all do. I'm happy. *I was happified -- NO.

    Can you try to clarify your question a little bit?


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    Re: Conjugating a noun into a verb

    There are suffixes that you add to nouns to form the verb:
    'ise','ies', 'ize', 'ify', 'ate' or 'en'
    examples:
    beauty beautiful
    and
    beautifies

    reality real
    and
    realize

    fright
    and
    frighten

    Here are a few for you to try:
    2. When you make a programme for television, you..... it.

    3. If you fill someone with terror; you can .......them.

    4. If you take out an advertisement, you a ....... product or service.

    5. When you turn something from a solid to a liquid, you....... it.

    6. A critic can....... a book or a film.

    7. When you use punctuation in a sentence, you .......the sentence.

    8. You use a magnet to ............something.

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    Re: Conjugating a noun into a verb

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    There are suffixes that you add to nouns to form the verb:
    'ise','ies', 'ize', 'ify', 'ate' or 'en'
    ...
    And, of course, you can leave it alone. The verb 'tin' means both 'put in a tin' (as in 'tinned carrots') and 'cover with a layer of tin' (as in 'tinned screws'). Which reminds me of a tongue-twister:

    "Are you copper-bottoming 'em my man?"
    "No'm [=no ma'am] I'm aluminuming 'em mum"

    I forget who it was who said 'More or less any noun can be verbed.' [Humour warning: there's no such verb as 'verb']

    And I don't think your question 5 is very fair - or did you mention spelling changes after the suffix is added? Students - check your answers in a dictionary.

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    Re: Conjugating a noun into a verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    how would I conjugate the noun "forum" into a verb? The best I can come up with is: forumnal: "It can be difficult to keep up with forumnal conversation."

    Thank you
    That isn't a verb. It is an adjective.

    To create an adjective from the noun "forum" you could add the suffix "-al" = forumal .

    I wonder why you need to do this - there is a perfectly simple way to say this: "It can be difficult keeping up with conversations in the forums"

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