Many words can be used as different parts of speech. For example, early, daily, look like adverbs, but they can be used as adjectives as in, early success, daily prayer. Nouns can function as adjectives and they can also function as verbs, etc

Hi All!

This is about an overlooked but inherent meaning of common nouns.


Common nouns are a particular group of nouns. Common nouns name general things. For example, in the sentence, ‘The drinks are water and wine’, the word ‘drinks’ is a common noun. But, it stands for the nouns ‘water’ and ‘wine’, and therefore it functions as a pronoun too. In a sentence like ‘Those boys are called John and Tom’, the word ‘boys’ is a common noun, but, it can also replace ‘John and Tom’ and therefore it is a pronoun too. {We can see that the common noun [boys, drinks] is an umbrella term. It can also be called a head word. It is a general term and the nouns it replaces are particular examples [John and Tom, water and wine]}.


Pls add your thoughts to this.  


Hi All! With respect to the above message, Mr. Rod Mitchell of Cactus Learning, has clarified that the above distinction exists and that words like 'drinks' and 'boys' are called 'heteronyms'.

Hi Sundaresh,
Thanks for your comment - according to the Oxford Learner's dictionary a heteronym is ''one of two or more words that have the same spelling, but different meanings and pronunciation, for example 'tear' meaning 'rip', and 'tear' meaning 'water from the eye'.'' - so I'm not sure that the examples above are heteronyms. See their definition and more examples here


Hi Cath!

I'm sorry that I misquoted the word sent by Mr. Rod Mitchell. They sound similar. It's not Heteronym. It's Hypernym.

Yours sincerely,


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