English Grammar | confusing nouns: how to use nouns correctly
Advertising on TV is the best way of increasing your business. [correct]
Advertisement on TV is the best way of increasing your business. [incorrect]
How was your travel to Canada? [incorrect]
How was your trip to Canada? [correct]
Advertise is the verb and advertisement (it can be shortened to advert) is the noun. We can also use commercial to refer to TV advertisements:
- I saw a really funny advertisement / commercial on TV last night.
We use advertising to refer to the industry:
My sister works in advertising.
We use journey or trip to talk about getting from A to B:
- The journey / trip to Australia was really long.
Travel is a verb and an uncountable noun which refers to taking journeys in general:
- We travelled for hours before we saw any sign of life. Air travel is very cheap these days.
Trip can also refer to a holiday or an excursion:
- I needed a break so I decided to take a trip to the coast. (not I decided to take a travel)
We usually use youth to refer to a stage of life:
- I did a lot of travelling in my youth.
It is rarely used to talk about people; instead, we use young person or young people.
- It is important that young people have education and employment opportunities.
(not It is important that youth have ...)
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