English words are magical, they can change right in front of our eyes. They can be nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs…. they can be pretty frustrating too. With a little practice though, they can be a lot of fun. Let’s practice. Take a word and make it do everything. Make it the subject of a sentence, the verb, or an adjective. Anything you can think of! We might have to cheat a little bit sometimes, some words really aren’t supposed to be used every which way. But we can try, learn from our mistakes, and surprise ourselves at how much we can do.
1 Pick a word. (I chose “hope.”)
2 Try to use the word as different parts of a sentence.
3 Notice how the word changes in different parts of a sentence.
4 Pick another word and do it again!
When you know one word, you know more than one thing. That is because most words can be more than one thing: more than one part of speech, more than one part of a sentence. Often the word will change a little bit as it’s role changes in a sentence. We need to practice adding suffixes and prefixes to words to help them do different things in the sentence.