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Boats Are Alarmed: Word Formation Fail

Conversion is the word formation process whereby h a word of one grammatical form becomes a word of another grammatical form without any changes to spelling or pronunciation. Derivation is the word formation process whereby a derivational affix attaches to the base form of a word to create a new word.

Boats Are Alarmed

In English, nouns can become verbs via conversion, and verbs can become adjectives via derivation. However, not all nouns can become adjectives with equal success.

“Warning: Boats are alarmed. No boarding without salesperson.”

Alarm (noun): A device that gives an audible, visual, or other form of alarm signal about a problem or condition
Alarm (verb): Cause (someone) to feel frightened, disturbed, or in danger
Alarmed (adjective): To feel frightened, disturbed, or in danger

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