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Use the word "trust" when you believe someone will make good decisions or tell the truth.

In these sentences, "trust" is a verb:

past participle
  • We trusted our babysitter with our children. (We had faith in her good judgment.)
  • Yolanda doesn’t trust her husband. (He lost her faith because he cheated on her.)
  • Can I trust you?
  • Whom do you trust? (The subject in this sentence is "you" and "whom" is an object pronoun.)
  • Nobody trusts him. He always lies.
  • The passengers on the airplane trusted the pilot to fly the plane through the storm.
  • In God we trust. (These four words appear on American currency.)

The word "trust" is also a noun:

  • The passengers put their trust in the man who was driving through the storm.
  • The young man earned the trust of his parents.
  • The employee caught sleeping on the job lost the trust of his boss.

The words "trusted," "trusting," "trusty," and "trustworthy" can be used as adjectives.

  • The President’s most trusted advisor gave him some good advice.
  • The trusting young girl believed the man who said he could help her.
  • When I go camping, I always bring along my trusty knife. (Something that’s "trusty" is something that can be depended on.)
  • Candice is the most trustworthy employee in the company. (A person who is "trustworthy" has proven himself or herself to be worthy of trust.)

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February 9, 2013



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