On a previous page, I showed examples of how the word "present" can be used as a noun or as an adjective. Here, I’ll show the word "present" as a verb. In this case, the accent is on the second syllable:
When used as a verb, "present" means that something is given or shown.
- The winner was presented with an award. (He was given an award.)
- Christine will present her ideas to the board of directors.
- Did Bob present his proposal at the meeting?
- The little boy presented his mother with a handful of flowers.
- The community theater is presenting five new plays this year, three dramas and two comedies.
Sometimes the word "present" is used when something comes into existence:
- This situation presents a problem for us.
- The deep snow presented a challenge for the morning commute.
- New tax laws present the company with some good opportunities to save money.
The word "presentation" is a noun:
- Christine is giving a presentation.
- Bob has to make a presentation at the meeting.
- The presentation lasted for just over an hour.
- At the end of the ceremony, there was the presentation of awards.
- That was a great presentation! Not only was it informative, it was also entertaining.
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December 18, 2013