One of My pet peeves is the more recent misuse on the internet of the word ‘Dominate’ as a descriptive word to describe oneself e.g. instead of saying “I am a dominant”, the trend by some is to say “I am a dominate”. The correct description should be EITHER “I am a dominant” (as in a person) OR “I am dominant” (the characteristic of your person).
DOMINATE is a VERB and a verb is a DOING word which is used to indicate an ACTION. It is a ‘to do’ indicator e.g. “to dominate a person” NOT “to dominant a person”.
DOMINANT is an ADJECTIVE which describes a noun, the part of speech that NAMES a person, place, thing, or idea. Adjectives are usually placed just before the words they qualify e.g. dominant person.
Saying “I am a dominate” or “I am dominate” does not even SOUND correct in speech! You “can dominate” or you “will dominate” but as a person you are a DOMINANT!
Let Me give you another example. It is no different to saying “I am a teach” instead of “I am a teacher”. “Teach” is a VERB, a DOING word. “Teacher” is an ADJECTIVE which DESCRIBES the person. Back to the ‘to do’ indicator e.g. to “teach a person” NOT to “teacher a person”.
Here is another one: “I am a law” instead of “I am a lawyer” – you can “practice law” but you can’t “practice lawyer”.
Or “I am a dig” instead of “I am a digger”.
Or “I am a build” instead of “I am a builder”.
Or “I am an educate” instead of “I am an educator”.
Or “I am a lie” instead of “I am a liar”.
Dig, build, educate and lie are all fine as ‘doing’ words but not as adjectives (descriptive names).
I am sure you can think of plenty more examples.
There are some exceptions where the one word describes both the doing and the name e.g. nurse – “I will nurse you” (the doing – to nurse) and “I am a nurse” (the description – the name).
The word DOMINATE is NOT one of those exceptions!!!
I have now said My piece and I trust this clears up the confusion in the usage of the word “Dominate” as a descriptive word instead of its correct use as an action word.