Look Up: Eat, V. (verb) And Taste N.1 (noun) In The Oxford English Dictionary (found Through The – Coursework Example
Eat and Taste Eat The word ‘Eat’ is a verb that can be used both transitively and intransitively. One of thedefinitions describes this verb as putting food in the mouth to chew it and then swallow it. In this context, eat mean the act of placing food in your mouth and consequently chewing it and swallowing it.. For example, ‘I could not eat because I was too nervous.’ In this example, the person was too nervous to be able to take (eat) any food.
Eat can also imply to the ability or inability to take particular food. A good example is, ‘I don’t eat eggs.’ In this context, the word eat does not necessarily means the actual act of grinding food in the mouth. It implies that the individual is not in a capacity to partake meat at any time.
Intransitively, ‘eat’ may imply to partaking a meal (Kozareva, pg. 602). Example, ‘shall we eat at my place?’ In this usage, ‘eat’ has been used to represent the act of taking a meal.
‘Taste’ is both a noun and a verb. As a noun, taste can be described as a flavor sensation perceived in an individual’s mouth and their throat when they come into contact with substances (Kozareva). This aids in recognizing and differentiating substances when they are placed in the mouth. Example, ‘the pizza tastes good.’ It is, therefore, that good taste that makes the person recognizes the pizza.
When used in the context of a verb, ‘taste’ describes experience or perception of a particular substance flavor (Kozareva, pg. 599). Example, ‘he has never tasted mango juice before.’ When used in this wise, ‘taste’ changes from being a noun to a verb, implying that that person has never taken mango juice before.
Kozareva, Zornitsa. “Learning Verbs on the Fly.” COLING (Posters). Citeseer, 2012. 599–610. Print.