What part of speech is “short”

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as a noun, 'short' refers to something that is of a brief duration or a person of below-average height. It can also refer to a short film or a short story.

The film festival had a category for shorts.

The short of it is that we need more time.

'Short' as a noun can also refer to a shortage, especially in financial contexts, e.g., 'a short in the stock market.'


as an adjective, 'short' describes the length, duration, or amount of something as being less than average or less than is needed.

She has short hair.

The meeting was surprisingly short.

We are short on supplies.

'short' can also be used in various idiomatic expressions like 'in short' (meaning 'in summary') or 'short of' (meaning 'lacking').


as a verb, 'short' means to cause a short circuit or to cheat someone by giving them less than they are due. t's often used in electrical contexts or in situations involving transactions.

The faulty wiring shorted the system.

I think the bartender shorted me on my change.

be careful when using 'short' as a verb, as it can have negative connotations, especially when referring to cheating someone.


s an adverb, 'short' describes doing something abruptly or within a limited distance or time.

He stopped short of calling her a liar.

The arrow fell short of the target.

'short' as an adverb often describes something that doesn't reach an expected point or level.

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