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How should I greet thee?- With silence and tears.

Is “silence” a verb or a noun in this context?
I think it’s a verb
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(Original post by Ismail_U031)
How should I greet thee?- With silence and tears.

Is “silence” a verb or a noun in this context?
I think it’s a verb
It is definitely a noun in this context, as "tears" are. The two words have the same function, after "with". For example: "with milk and sugar" - both milk and sugar are nouns here, although both words could also be verbs in other contexts: to milk a cow, to sugar a pill.

Added to which, the verb, "to silence", is transitive - so you always silence somebody, you cannot just silence. In the context of this quotation, the verb silence does not make sense - "silence and tears" implies immense sadness or grief (I remain silent while I cry), whereas the verb "to silence" implies a more aggressive attitude (I silence you) - so why would I be crying?
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Thank you so much !
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