The word nominalization
defines itself, since it is itself an example of a nominalization.
When you turn a verb into a noun, you nominalize it, creating a
nominalization. When you nominalize "nominalize," you
create the nominalization "nominalization." Some exam-ples:
Verb Nominalization Verb Nominalization
discover discovery impair impairment
Some verbs do not change their form when we nominalize them:
change change report report
study study review review
And all verbs turn into nouns (called gerunds, way back then) when
we add -ing :
She reported the event. Her reporting of the event. . .
We studied the matter. Our studying the matter. . .
They changed their approach. Their changing their approach. .
Some typical patterns of nominalizations:
Subject + empty verb + Nominalization
The data + are + proof of thesis.
There + is / was + Nominalization
There + was + committee agreement.
Nom. + empty logical verb + Nominalization
Failure + could result + in rejection of the budget.
In every case, to edit, we merely turn the nominalization back
into a verb, find a subject for it, and recast the sentence:
The data prove the thesis.
The committee agreed.
If you fail, . . .
. . . we may reject your budget.