I understand that "read" is a verb and that "reading" is a noun, so it's wrong to say "save this article for future read". However, how come this link says "read" can also be used as a noun? Also, I have heard people say "this is a good read", using "read" as a noun. I am confused. Please help. Thank you!

  • We can say informally that a book is 'a good read', so 'save it for a future read' might be acceptable but very casual and informal. Nov 12, 2022 at 20:45
  • Have you checked any dictionaries?
    – gotube
    Nov 13, 2022 at 5:15

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English is very flexible about using common words like "read". This is partly due to the fact that English has very simple conjugation for nouns and verbs, and so a word can be made into a noun simply by using it as a noun.

In this case "read" as a noun can either mean (by metonymy) a book, or an instance or period of reading::

The fifth book in the Harry Potter series is a long read.

Katie went upstairs for a read before bed.

Dictionaries also mention some other niche meanings, eg in computing.

This disc can achieve 1000 reads a second.

The flexibility of English to use words as both nouns and verbs means that it is possible to "read a book" and to "book a read" (ie arrange a time for a period of reading).

  • Can you clarify what you mean by 'words like "read"'? Do you mean verbs in general?
    – gotube
    Nov 13, 2022 at 5:13
  • Common words like read.
    – James K
    Nov 13, 2022 at 7:50
  • Thank you all so much for your explanations!
    – Maurice
    Nov 21, 2022 at 7:22

Yes, you can use it that way. It means "experience or process of reading".

Gilead is a good read.

The article's a long read, but it's very worthwhile.

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