Can you believe it? I had a great list of words that all go together, and someone stuck in a word that doesn't belong. Can you take it out for me?

  • addict
  • affect
  • conflict
  • extract
  • inject
  • object
  • perfect
  • project
  • reject
  • subject
  • suspect

4 Answers 4


I would say

All others are also nouns
Inject is the only one that can only be a verb

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    $\begingroup$ Ninja'd by 19 secs... But I'm wondering whether our answer is really what the OP had in mind... $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 18:16
  • $\begingroup$ Right answer, but I had a different reason in mind ... although it actually ties in with your explanation! Upvote. :) $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 19:44
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    $\begingroup$ Is it stress related? All the nouns have stress on the first syllable, all the verbs on the last. $\endgroup$
    – Levieux
    Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 19:47
  • $\begingroup$ Yep, that's what I was thinking!! All the words but one can be pronounced 2 ways (verb sounds one way, noun sounds another way). Same answer, different reason. I'll accept this as The Answer! $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 20:45



Because the others are all:

both nouns* and verbs, whereas "inject" is only a verb

* I thought "perfect" and "affect" weren't nouns either but the dictionary says they are

  • $\begingroup$ You might just say "all the others are ambiguous between nouns and verbs, or nouns and adjectives (in the case of perfect). Inject is NOT ambiguous; it's always a verb. $\endgroup$
    – DyingIsFun
    Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 18:15
  • $\begingroup$ By the way, you ninja'd me. +1 $\endgroup$
    – DyingIsFun
    Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 18:16
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    $\begingroup$ @Silenus: Levieux ninja'd both of us. :) $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 18:16
  • $\begingroup$ Concur. Inject does not stand as a noun in English. The others can. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 19:09
  • $\begingroup$ Upvote, and the same comment I left for @Levieux. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 19:47

Another possible answer would be


as it is the only word that cannot

be made into a new word by 'ion' to the end.

  • $\begingroup$ Verrrrrry interesting! But I don't think "conflict" fits that rule either. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 12, 2017 at 0:22
  • $\begingroup$ @CreatedByBrett I think your objection is in confliction with the inflection in this definition: merriam-webster.com/dictionary/confliction ;) $\endgroup$
    – Ergwun
    Commented Feb 12, 2017 at 10:36
  • $\begingroup$ Wooooow! I had no idea "confliction" was a verb! (Even my browser says it's spelled wrong! lol) $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 13, 2017 at 5:35

I had suggested

"perfect" as the only adjective, but "subject" can also be an adjective, as in "He was subject to fits of hysteria".


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