Sometimes, words have different meanings depending on the part of speech and their usage in a sentence. To avoid confusion, I try to let students know which meaning of the word I will be expecting on the test. Most of the time this works out, and most of my students define the word correctly based on the part of speech I asked. Sometimes, students define the word correctly, but using the incorrect part of speech. Other times, this happens:
Me: “So, for the word patent, make sure you find the definition of the adjective.”
Student: “So I find the definition of the word adjective?”
Me: “No, the word patent can be more than one part of speech. For this test, you only need to know the definition of patent when used as an adjective.”
Student: “Oh, okay.”
A FEW DAYS LATER
(Student Test Result)-
Patent- a word that modifies a noun.