Verbs are often more powerful than noun phrases
Nominalisation is the term used to describe a noun derived from a verb or adjective.
Nominalisations from verbs
Many, but not all, nominalisations created from verbs end in -ion, -ment or -ance.
Nominalisations from adjectives
Some nominalisations are useful, but others make our writing unnecessarily wordy. An example of a useful nominalisation is:
The discovery is a breakthrough.
How to change nominalisations into verbs
Some nominalisations that don’t work well, but are easy to fix are:
- When the nominalisation follows a verb with little specific meaning.
We undertook an investigation.
- When the nominalisation follows There is or There are.
There was a committee agreement.
The committee agreed.
Watch a YouTube video on nominalisations.
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