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Published:April 30th, 2012 10:59 EST
What Does "Drive" Mean?

What Does "Drive" Mean?

By Keith Johnson

The SOP Word of the Day: Drive 

The word "drive" is both a noun and a verb. You can write (as a verb)  "I will drive my car from Los Angeles to San Francisco". Additionally (as a noun), you can write "I will place my files on the local network drive". So, here drive has two completely different meanings. In the verb form drive means "to travel using a vehicle of some kind". In the noun form, there are actually several meanings.

The first, given above, means "place of storage". In the example above, a network drive is a place for electronic files to be saved or stored. Drive also implies motivation and personal determination. You can say "It takes a lot of drive to be in a band all these years".

So, there you go - drive is a truly dynamic word that has several different meanings, depending upon how it is used. Happy Monday everyone.

Keith Johnson, M.S. Education
Senior Technical Writer & Author
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

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