To shoot something is to take aim and try to achieve a goal. This verb is commonly used with weapons, sports that use an object for scoring points, and cameras.
When used as a noun, the word becomes "shot." It’s important to recognize the difference between the noun and the past tense form of the verb because they both look and sound the same: shot.
He’s shooting a gun.
He’s taking a shot.
- She shot an arrow.
- She took a shot at a target.
(These sentences are in the past tense.)
- Basketball players try to shoot a basketball through a hoop.
- They take shots at the hoop.
- You can shoot pictures with a camera.
- You can get some good shots with a digital camera.
- A model poses during a photo shoot.
(In this sentence, the word "shoot" is a noun. A photo shoot is a period of time during which a photographer takes pictures.)
- He has shot a lot of film today.
- He has gotten some really good shots.
(These sentences are in the present perfect tense.)
Use the word "shot" as a noun when a doctor or a nurse gives an injection:
She’s going to give a shot to a patient.
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Originally published April 11, 2013. Updated on April 30, 2017.