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.
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.