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Question For Grammar Geeks

Is there a name for a noun that's been made out of a verb, e.g., "rider" made out of "ride"?

-The Gneech

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radbaron
Mar. 14th, 2012 08:50 pm (UTC)
As much as I disliked the idea originally of Wikipedia...

Agent nouns
Main article: Agent noun

Agent nouns are usually common nouns (although they may be proper nouns, such as in titles or adopted surnames) that take the form of a subject (typically a person) performing an action (verb). Examples in English are maker (from to make), teacher (from to teach), and actor and actress (from to act).
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huskyteer
Mar. 14th, 2012 10:03 pm (UTC)
I immediately thought of gerunds too!
jayblanc
Mar. 15th, 2012 08:02 am (UTC)
Agent Nouns are a specific case of "Gerundatives", and include words like "Agenda" and "Referendum" which we've almost forgotten originated from verbs.
maxgoof
Mar. 15th, 2012 03:57 am (UTC)
I believe it is called a gerund.
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