When used as a verb, the word "form" means to create or make:
- It only takes two people to form a family.
- Readers form opinions when they read a newspaper.
- Snow forms in clouds and drops to the ground as small crystals of ice.
- Joe, Scott, and Linda formed a band and toured the United States last year.
- The government was formed after the election. (This sentence is in the passive voice.)
- A triangle is formed with three sides and three angles.
- Past tense questions are formed with the helping verb "did" and the main verb in the simple form.
When "form" is used as a noun, there are a few different meanings. In this next set of sentences, "form" is a shape or a category:
- This sculpture is in the form of a person’s head.
- A republic is a form of government.
- Rock’n’roll is a form of music.
- A microbe is a microscopic form of life. (It’s very small!)
- The human body is remarkable for its strength and its form.
In the next set of sentences below, "form" is a document intended for legal purposes or for organizing something:
- Jose filled out an application form when he applied for a job at a garden center.
- Write your name on the form if you would like to volunteer.
- Tax forms are available at your local library.
- Forms online aren’t accepted if all the necessary information isn’t provided.
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March 24, 2013