Is it a noun or a verb? You decide!

May 10, 2016

Can you tell the difference between nouns and verbs in English simply by listening to the way they're pronounced? Try our quiz below to find out.


Is it a noun, is it a verb? Test your English pronunciation

Some nouns and verbs have the same form in English. For example:  The runner set an Olympic record. (noun) I record music in my garage. (verb)  However, the pronunciation (or syllable stress) is different. Where "record" is used as a noun, the stress is on the first syllable: RE-cord (where "re" is the same sound as the "re" in "relative").  But when "record" is used as a verb, the stress is on the second syllable: re-CORD, and the "re" sounds like "ri", as in "remember".)
Try our fun quiz to see if you can you tell the difference between nouns and verbs with the same spelling in English!

'Conflict' is being pronounced here as...?

A noun A verb

The word is 'permit'. Is it being used as a noun or a verb in this pronunciation?

Noun Verb

Is this the noun or the verb version of 'export'?

Noun Verb

Is the speaker saying this word as a noun or a verb?

Definitely a verb Get outta here! It's a noun

Noun or verb? You decide. It's all in the detail.

It's a noun silly! No way man, that's a verb

Is this the way escort is said when it's a verb or a noun?

Verb Noun

What about this one? It's a noun right?

I reject that. It's definitely a verb You're the reject. It's clearly a noun

You're contracted to answer this question...

Noun Verb

Put the needle on the record and record your answer...

Noun Verb

May we permit you to have one last chance to redeem yourself?

Verb Noun

You need to brush up on your pronunciation. Go to and start listening!

Not bad. But if you do a bit more listening on it'll help you become an expert

Well done! You certainly know your nouns from your verbs in English!