Formation of nouns from verbs and adjectives
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Formation of nouns from verbs and adjectives
Formation of Nouns from Verbs

VERB        NOUN
Accept – Acceptance
Accredit – Accreditation
Achieve – Achievement
Appreciate – Appreciation 
Apprehend – Apprehension 
Boost – Booster 
Calculate – Calculation 
Disturb – Disturbance 
Document – Documentary 
Fashion – Fashionable 
Greet – Greeting
Grumble – Grumbling 
Guide – Guideline 
Immerse – Immersion


FORMATION OF NOUNS FROM ADJECTIVES

Abstract nouns may be formed from adjectives by adding the suffix -ness: happy/ happiness, sad/sadness, kind/kindness, cheerful/cheerfulness.

However, a large group of adjectives have distinct nouns that do not require a formation with -ness or any other suffix. A common stylistic fault is to add the -ness ending to adjectives that already have corresponding noun forms. For example, the adjective humble has the corresponding noun humility.

Noun Suffix Adjective
danger + ous dangerous
hazard + ous hazardous
marvel + ous marvelous
riot + ous riotous
slander + ous slanderous

SUMMARY

Formation of Nouns from Verbs

VERB        NOUN
Accept – Acceptance
Accredit – Accreditation
Achieve – Achievement
Appreciate – Appreciation 
Apprehend – Apprehension 
Boost – Booster 
Calculate – Calculation 
Disturb – Disturbance 
Document – Documentary 
Fashion – Fashionable 
Greet – Greeting
Grumble – Grumbling 
Guide – Guideline 
Immerse – Immersion


FORMATION OF NOUNS FROM ADJECTIVES

Abstract nouns may be formed from adjectives by adding the suffix -ness: happy/ happiness, sad/sadness, kind/kindness, cheerful/cheerfulness.

However, a large group of adjectives have distinct nouns that do not require a formation with -ness or any other suffix. A common stylistic fault is to add the -ness ending to adjectives that already have corresponding noun forms. For example, the adjective humble has the corresponding noun humility.

Noun Suffix Adjective
danger + ous dangerous
hazard + ous hazardous
marvel + ous marvelous
riot + ous riotous
slander + ous slanderous
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