Is 'Winning' a Noun or an Adjective?

"Winning" is used both as a noun and as an adjective.

"Winning" is used both as a noun and as an adjective.

Olivia does it all with a winning smile. (adjective)

It's not about winning or losing. (noun)

As an adjective, this word is always placed before the noun it modifies. You can use it to describe the winner of something, such as a competition or a race, or to describe things that make someone attractive (e.g., "a winning smile") or successful (e.g., "a winning strategy").

The winning team was led by Robert Miller.

Focusing on the fastest-growing companies was a winning strategy.

The noun "winning" is a synonym of "victory".

It's not about the winning. It's taking part that counts.

"Winnings" is a plural noun that has a different meaning. We use it to talk about money won by success, typically in a game or a competition.

Sarah invested the winnings in stocks.

Be aware that plural nouns takes a plural verb, so we say "winnings are", and not "winnings is".

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