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What is a verbal noun?



A verbal noun is a noun that is morphologically related to a verb and similar to it in meaning.

Examples (English)
  • The word description, related to the word describe, is a verbal noun.

    In the following example, walking is a verbal noun:

  • Brisk walking is good exercise.
  • Generic
      A verbal noun is a kind of

    Crystal 1980 374


    Hartmann and Stork 1972 95, 249


    Schachter 1985 10


    Mish 1991 515, 1309


    Pei and Gaynor 1954 83


    Palmer 1986 156

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