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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Criminal Sentence 115: Noun or Verb?

From a sign outside a nutritionist's shop:

"How much protein should you intake per day?"

I don't know the answer to that, but I do know that "intake" is a noun, not a verb. You should take in x grams of protein per day. Your protein intake should be x grams.

Check your dictionary if you're not sure of the part of speech.


John Mayson said...

Along the same vein, here's my pet peeve.

"I'll send you an invite to"

Isn't "invite" a verb? Should that read "I'll send you an invitation to"? More and more I'm seeing "invite" used as a noun to the point it's become accepted.

Or am I just plain wrong and "invite" can be used as a noun?

The Sentence Sleuth said...

I agree with you, John. Why not use a perfectly good word like "invitation"?

Helm Hammerhand said...

These types of errors are becoming ubiquitous. Thank you for raising our awareness.

Anonymous said...


As far as I know, "an invite" is a slang term for invitation. Do you have a problem with folks calling their computer a "puter"? Perhaps you didn't use slang growing up and prefer not to do so now? I imagine that some guy came up with using "invite" that way because it doesn't sound so manly for a guy to be telling someone that he'll send "an invitation" to blah, blah, blah (unless he needs to impress someone caring about grammar rules.)

I hope you will now be so kind to use "vein" as a transitive verb in a sentence for me because I am drawing a blank. I came up with this site after I "Googled" "vein as verb in sentence". I hope you know what I mean by "Googled".

The Sentence Sleuth said...

My dictionary says "invite" can be a noun (informal). My dictionary also tells me that "vein" can be a verb but only to mean to create veins in something.