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switcheroo noun

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  Ed Good  —  Grammar Tips
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I coined this term to describe two-word pairs. The two words are spelled and sometimes pronounced identically. One word acts as a noun, the other as a verb.

A classic example is change. A nouny writer would always opt for the noun form and write: "I must make a change in my writing style." The verb-based writer, naturally, would write: "I must change my writing style."

Other examples include use, request, and love.

The nouny writer always engages in the use of a computer. Or worse: engages in the utilization of a computer. The verb-based writer simply uses a computer.

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