The word "blank" is similar to the words "empty" and "nothing." If something is blank, nothing is there. You can use "blank" as a noun, a verb, or as an adjective:

  • His mind is blank. (adjective)
  • He blanked on the question. (verb)
  • He’s pulling up blanks. (noun)

These sentences use "blank" as an adjective:

  • Nguyen needs a blank piece of paper for her assignment.
  • There’s something wrong with my computer. The screen is completely blank.
  • Newspapers don’t have a lot of blank space on their pages.

blank sign The sign is blank.

These sentences use "blank" as a verb:

  • The teacher felt a little embarrassed when he blanked on her name.
  • Tina blanked on the test. She couldn’t remember anything.
  • I’m sorry, I’m blanking.

These sentences use "blank" as a noun:

  • You need to fill in the blanks on this form.
  • My mind is a blank.
  • The man on stage pulled a blank when asked a simple question. (oops!)

Note: The word "blank" is related to "blanco," which means "white" in Spanish.

(This page was originally published on LearnAmerican on November 12, 2011)