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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.

5 comments:

John Mayson said...

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

"I'll send you an invite to xyz.com."

Isn't "invite" a verb? Should that read "I'll send you an invitation to xyz.com"? 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...

Hi!

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.