Often confusing nouns, adjectives, and verbs
There are some particular words in English that often get confused between the noun, adjective, and verb form.
Die / dead / death
“Die” is the verb / the action. It is never followed by an object. The past tense is formed by simply adding “d.” Here are some examples:
I don’t want to die.
My dog died.
“Dead” is the adjective / the description. It is always either used with “be” or before a noun. Here are some examples:
There are dead trees in my yard.
The trees in my yard are dead.
“Death” is the noun / the idea. Here are a few examples:
People don’t like to talk about death.
Death is all around us.
Lose / lost / loss
“Lose” is the verb / the action. It may or may not be followed by an object. Here are some examples:
We lost the game.
They lost the bid for the proposal.
“Lost” can be the past tense of “lose” or as an adjective. Here are some examples:
I lost my watch.
I’m looking for my lost dog.
“Loss” is the noun / the idea. Here are some examples:
We suffered a terrible loss.
He has a lot of blood loss.
Sell / sold / sale
“Sell” is the verb / the action. It must be followed by an object. Here are some examples:
We had to sell our house.
How much will you sell your computer for?
“Sold” is the past tense form of “sell” or as an adjective. Here are some examples:
Yesterday he sold his car.
The property is already sold.
“Sale” is the noun / the idea. Here are some examples:
They are having a sale tomorrow.
I spent too much money at the garage sale.
Underline the correct form of the word to complete the sentence.
1. He hates to (lost / lose) to anyone at anything.
2. Walmart is having a big (sale / sell) today.
3. My grandfather (dead / died) many years ago.
4. We need to (sale / sell) our car ASAP!
5. It looks like the fire is (dead / died).
6. The team suffered a humiliating (lost / loss).
7. Our pastor often talked about (dead / death) in church.
8. I asked him to (sold / sell) it at a lower price.
9. I got completely (lose / lost) in the forest.
10. It is difficult to lift because it is (dead / death) weight.
Answer’s to last week’s Check Yourself.
1. The grocery store by my house used to close at 7pm, but now they are open until 9pm. _PA_
2. I got lost because I took a different bus home today. I am used to taking a different bus route. _H_
3. I am used to wearing jeans to class every day when I was in high school. _PA_
4. Did you used to wear a tie at your previous job? _PA_
5. I felt uncomfortable at the party because I am not used to being around so many people. _H_
6. I used to bringing a lunch to work, but now I go to the food court for lunch. _PA_
7. I’m having problems understanding the Microsoft Office 2007 functions because I am used to using the 2003 format. _H_
8. We used to be able to wear jeans to the office on Fridays, but the company changed the policy. _PA_