English Lessons

Five Verbs You’d Thought Never Existed

We’ve always maintained that the English language is weird. And the list of verbs you are to find in this post is only going to validate our claim, a claim few souls have disagreed with. Wait for a second though! We’ve got a warning! In this post, you may come upon verbs you’d never imagined existed, so you’d better not gasp while reading. When you’re ready, begin!

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#1 Fun

Would it not have been fun had you known much earlier that the word ‘fun’ can function as a verb as well? Well, fret not! You know now. What you don’t know yet though is that as a verb, ‘fun’ possesses two distinct meanings. When it is transitive (i.e., when it can take a direct object), it means ‘to speak playfully to’, and when it’s intransitive, it means ‘to joke/fool’.

Consider the following sentences to understand the verb ‘fun’ better.

  1. Do you really believe what he is saying, Martha? He, beyond a shadow of a doubt, is funning/joking.
  2. I’m sorry to say, but you’d better not fun/speak playfully to me henceforth.
  3. I hope you are not funning/fooling around!

The five forms of the verb ‘fun’ are fun, funned, funned, funning, and funs.

#2 Excerpt

The word ‘excerpt’ when used as a noun means ‘a passage or work that is taken from a longer work’. However, when used as a verb, this word means ‘to take a part or passage from a book, play, composition, etc.’

Study the following sentences to understand how the word ‘excerpt’ functions as a verb.

  1. I am going to excerpt this part of the article and post it on Facebook.
  2. The part you’re currently reading is excerpted.
  3. Could you tell us which chapter can be excerpted from this novel?

The five forms of the verb ‘excerpt’ are excerpt, excerpted, excerpted, excerpting, and excerpts.

#3 Except

If you’re a native speaker, you most probably know that the word ‘except’ can be used as a verb as well. Nonetheless, non-native speakers, especially Indians, have been told time and again that except is a preposition (Remember what teachers told us? That accept is a verb and except a preposition?). While ‘except’ is mostly a preposition, it can also be used as a conjunction and a verb. As a verb, it has two distinct meanings. When it is transitive, it means ‘to exclude/leave out’, and when it is intransitive, it means ‘to object.’

Look at the following example sentence to gain a better understanding of how the verb ‘except’ functions.

  1. Are you telling me he has been excepted/excluded? I’d thought he was going to lead the team!
  2. I except to/object to your proposal.
  3. The elders enjoyed the horse ride, but the children were sad, for they were excepted/left out.

The five forms of ‘except’ are except, excepted, excepted, excepting, and excepts.

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#4 Slay

Okay. This one’s getting really intriguing, is it not? Be that as it may, we assume all English speakers know ‘slay’ is a verb. Why does it find a place in this list then? Well, because as a verb, ‘slay’ possesses two very different meanings. It can mean ‘to kill’, but it can also mean ‘to attract’. When ‘slay’ means ‘to kill’, its second and third forms are slew and slain respectively, but when it means ‘to attract,’ both the second and third forms are ‘slayed’.

Study the following sentences to grasp what we’ve just explained better.

  1. The woman at the inn was a charmer. She tried her best to slay/attract us. But none was slayed/attracted!
  2. The man, I hear, was slain/killed by a dacoit last night.
  3. I slew/killed my emotions and feigned a smile.

#5 Blue

‘Blue’ is an interesting verb. While it primarily means ‘to make or become blue’, it can also mean ‘to squander or spend extravagantly.’

Consider the following sentences to comprehend the meanings the verb ‘blue’ can convey.

  1. Hey! Why has this box been blued/made blue? I had asked the painter to colour it green!
  2. You’ve been blueing/spending money wastefully for quite a while now. It’s high time you started spending money judiciously.
  3. The shirts have blued/turned blue. We should have washed them separately.

The five forms of ‘blue’ are blue, blued, blued, blueing or bluing, and blues.

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  1. It is very helpful and before I didn’t know uses of these words as verb. Thank you so much

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