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False Spanish Verbs

I came across the word pajar today and thought it might be a verb. But to my surprise it was a noun meaning "hayloft/barn/straw loft"! This got me thinking about other nouns that look like verbs in Spanish. I remember the first time I saw taller; I thought it was a verb. But it's not. It means "workshop." Most words that end in -ar, -er, or -ir are verbs in Spanish. But there are exceptions!


Here are some other nouns that look like verbs:
azúcar (sugar)
azar (chance)
dólar (dollar)
ámbar (amber)
mar (sea)
lugar (place)
almiar (haystack, hayrick)
pinar (pine wood/pine forest)
melonar (a place where melons are cultivated, melon plot, bed of melons, etc.)
and so on...

I looked up the suffix -ar and it can be added to nouns to form other nouns that mean "place in which something is abundant". I never knew that. -ar can also be added to a noun to form adjectives that mean a "condition" or "possession/belonging to".


There are also a few adjectives that look like verbs:
familiar (family/familiar/colloquial/informal - this one's tricky because it can also mean n. relative, relation)
muscular (muscular)
and so on...

primer (first) (This one doesn't fit the above suffixes, of course. I didn't mean to mix this one in with the -ar adjectives)

Can you think of more "false verbs" in Spanish? I don't mean verbs that can be used as nouns, like poder ("to be able to, can," which can also mean the noun "power")

What about other languages? Any nouns that look like verbs but they aren't?
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