Is this sentence grammatically right:"In 2030, petrol and oil are expected to see a soar in its consumption and still maitain its leading position".

I have looked up the word "soar" in several dictionaries, some say that it is just a verb, but one says that it is also a noun.

Please help me to find if Soar is also a noun.

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/soar https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/soar

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    I think you'd probably be better off writing the sentence with soar used as a verb: "In 2030, petrol and oil consumption are expected to soar, maintaining their leading position."
    – Hellion
    Commented Oct 3, 2018 at 17:10

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The noun definition is found in many dictionaries.

1. The act of soaring.
2. The altitude or scope attained in soaring.
American Heritage Dictionary

4. the act of soaring
5. the altitude attained by soaring
Collins English Dictionary

1 : the range, distance, or height attained in soaring
2 : the act of soaring : upward flight

6.an act or instance of soaring.
7.the height attained in soaring.
Dictionary.com Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary

Cambridge Dictionary and Oxford Living Dictionaries don't list "soar" as a noun. These discrepancies between dictionaries are very common.

  • @Zebrasfish million thanks. It helps me a lot. have a good day!
    – Tinh Le
    Commented Oct 4, 2018 at 1:34

Most certainly, it is a noun.

The OED lists two such senses of soar. Note that no lesser poets of the English Language than John Milton in Paradise Lost and Samuel Taylor Coleridge used it.

  1. The altitude attained in soaring; range of flight upwards. Also fig.

1596 Raigne of Edward III sig. C1 Fly it a pitch aboue the soare of praise.

1667 Milton Paradise Lost v. 270 Within soare Of Towring Eagles.
1792 S. Rogers Pleasures Mem. i. 361 That eye so finely wrought Beyond the search of sense, the soar of thought.

1807 J. Grahame Poems 72 A splendid cloud appeared..; then hovering, floats, High as the soar of eagle.

1892 Pall Mall Gaz. 26 May 7/1 It requires the highest soar of fancy to imagine [etc.].

  1. The act of soaring or rising high.

1817 S. T. Coleridge Satyrane's Lett. ii, in Biogr. Lit. (1882) 252 A liberated bird..who now after his first soar of freedom poises himself in the upper air.

1820 Scott Abbot I. xv. 315 It is ill whistling for a hawk when she is once on the soar.

1870 D. G. Rossetti House of Life in Poems iv Just when at that swallow's soar Your neck turned so.

in extended use. 1825 T. L. Beddoes Let. to B. W. Procter in Poems (1851) I. 166 Wings upraise thee long In the unvacillating soar of song.

1864 J. R. Lowell Fireside Trav. 306 There is none of the spring and soar which one may see even in the Lombard churches.

1887 G. Saintsbury Hist. Elizabethan Lit. iv. 102 A little later we meet with that towering soar of verse which is also peculiar to the period.

  • Thank you so much. it's been a great help! have a nice day!
    – Tinh Le
    Commented Oct 4, 2018 at 1:32

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