This question is Inspired by a practice exam question which is provided below. (Please note I'm not asking for answers to the exam question, as I provided my own)

Use the word fast in sentences in the lexical category and function indicated. Each example should be UNAMBIGUOUS. Inflection permitted

A. noun/nominal - my answer: We went on a fast.

B. verb/verb - my answer: He is fasting over the holiday.

C. adjective/adjectival - my answer: My car is faster.

D. adverb/adverbial - my answer: The ball bounced fast.

Is there a category/name/group for words which fit all four of the given lexical categories, as exemplified above? To clarify, I'm asking this question so I can search for words inside the group/category which can be used with this question as it contains words which meet the four required categories, for further studying on my own.

  • Free. Inflected to freebie. – Global Charm Feb 19 at 23:19
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    No, there is no special name. Most English words can be used as any of the open POS categories -- noun, verb, adjective, adverb. Prepositions and conjunctions are not out of the question, either. That's just the kind of language English is -- an analytic language without much inflection; POS is more important in inflected languages. – John Lawler Feb 19 at 23:33
  • There is a duplicate on ELL: What word describes words that can be more that one part of speech? – ermanen Feb 20 at 4:31

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