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Nominalization of Infinitives

Nominalization of Infinitives 

Nominalization is the changing of a part of speech into a noun by the addition of a suffix

Verbs                                                                         Nouns

Advise                                                                        advice

Apologise                                                                  apology

Authorise                                                                  authority

Choose                                                                      Choice

Fail                                                                              failure

Fix                                                                               fixture

Hate                                                                           hatred

Enjoy                                                                         enjoyment

Know                                                                         knowledge

Live                                                                             life

Oppose                                                                     opposition

Obey                                                                          obedience

Secure                                                                       security

Rob                                                                             robbery

See                                                                             sight

Speak                                                                         speech

Serve                                                                         service

Think                                                                          thought

Strike                                                                         stroke

Weight                                                                      weight


  1. Non-Restrictive Clause: In the non-restrictive, the clause provides additional information to the subject and is marked with commas.


  1. The young lawyer, who is 25, gave the closing remark.
  2. The house, which has been renovated, looks very new.
  3. The book, about which so much has been said, is not interesting.
  4. The principal, who I told you about, is a sadist.
  5. My brother, who lives in Abuja, visited me last week.

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