I walked VS. I took a walk…

One of my students asked me:

“What’s the difference between ‘I took a walk in the park’ and ‘I walked in the park?'”

These sentences mean the same thing but I can see the confusion. Some words have a noun and a verb form. Here’s how we can tell which form the word is in so we can make our sentences with correct grammar.

If we use an article in English (A, An & The are articles) the word that follows will be a countable noun (remember A/An The refer to 1 thing) “A banana.” “An orange.” “The watermelon.” Or a noun phrase “An old, brown banana.” “A tasty, Naval orange.” “The big, green watermelon.”

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So if walk is used as a noun it will come after an article
“I took a walk in the park.” – took is the verb in this sentence

BUT a verb comes after the subject of a sentence
“I walked in the park.” – No article = verb

This is true for all words that have a verb and a noun form.
“I want to give you a hug!” – give is the verb in this sentence

“I want to hug you!” – No article = verb

English practice exercise!

Think of 3 more words with a noun and a verb form and write a practice sentence for each word!

“Let Tony take the free kick. He kicks very well.”

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