Notes On Nominalisation - CBSE Class 10 English Grammar


Nominalisation is an important feature of academic writing. It adds variety, objectivity and an impersonal tone to texts. Nominalisation also makes writing more reader-friendly and concise by allowing writers to pack a great deal of information into sentences. Nominalisation is the formation of a noun phrase from a clause or a verb. This is done by changing verbs(and adjectives) to nouns. So, using noun phrases instead of verbs is known as nominalisation.


Example;
The downturn in the economy caused the company’s problems. (verb)
The downturn in the economy was the cause of the company’s problems. (nominalisation)



Note: Nouns that end in -ion, -ment, -tion, -ence, -ancy, -ant  often change them into verbs.

Example:
Take into consideration — consider
Undertake an analysis of — analyse


Some nominalisations are useful, but others make our writing unnecessarily wordy. An example of a useful nominalisation is:
• The discovery is a breakthrough.


Some nominalisations that don’t work well, but are easy to fix are:

1. When the nominalisation follows a verb with little specific meaning.
    We undertook an investigation.
    We investigated.


2. When the nominalisation follows There is or There are.
    There was a committee agreement.
     The committee agreed.


3. When the nominalisation is the subject of an ‘empty’ verb.
    Our discussion concerned a bonus.
    We discussed a bonus.























Summary


Nominalisation is an important feature of academic writing. It adds variety, objectivity and an impersonal tone to texts. Nominalisation also makes writing more reader-friendly and concise by allowing writers to pack a great deal of information into sentences. Nominalisation is the formation of a noun phrase from a clause or a verb. This is done by changing verbs(and adjectives) to nouns. So, using noun phrases instead of verbs is known as nominalisation.


Example;
The downturn in the economy caused the company’s problems. (verb)
The downturn in the economy was the cause of the company’s problems. (nominalisation)



Note: Nouns that end in -ion, -ment, -tion, -ence, -ancy, -ant  often change them into verbs.

Example:
Take into consideration — consider
Undertake an analysis of — analyse


Some nominalisations are useful, but others make our writing unnecessarily wordy. An example of a useful nominalisation is:
• The discovery is a breakthrough.


Some nominalisations that don’t work well, but are easy to fix are:

1. When the nominalisation follows a verb with little specific meaning.
    We undertook an investigation.
    We investigated.


2. When the nominalisation follows There is or There are.
    There was a committee agreement.
     The committee agreed.


3. When the nominalisation is the subject of an ‘empty’ verb.
    Our discussion concerned a bonus.
    We discussed a bonus.























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