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Grammatical metaphor: Nominalization

Breaking down big nominalizations

More examples of long nominalizations

In this activity we’ll give you a snippet with the nominalizations highlighted. Then in a clean version of the snippet you then need to highlight the elements of each nominalization. 

America’s growing connections with the outside world led to increasing military and political involvement.

America’s growing connections with the outside world led to increasing military and political involvement.

He foresaw a future in which the United States promoted its interests and values through an unending involvement in the affairs of other nations.

He foresaw a future in which the United States promoted its interests and values through an unending involvement in the affairs of other nations.

An endless series of qualifiers

But what was most striking about his work was that Stead located the source of American power less in the realm of military might or territorial acquisition than in the country’s single-minded commitment to the “pursuit of wealth” and the relentless international spread of American culture—art, music, journalism, even ideas about religion and gender relations.

But what was most striking about his work was that Stead located the source of American power less in the realm of military might or territorial acquisition than in the country’s single-minded commitment to the “pursuit of wealth” and the relentless international spread of American culture—art, music, journalism, even ideas about religion and gender relations.

Give Me Liberty Eric Foner