Join Jeff Bartels for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Noun/Verb methodology, part of AutoCAD 2009: 2D Drafting Techniques.
There is an old adage that says there are at least three different ways to do everything in AutoCAD. Think for a second about how many ways we can launch commands. We can use the ribbon, we can use the menu browser, or we can use the command line. Not only do we have flexibility in how we launch commands, AutoCAD also gives us flexibility in how we use our commands. We can use the Verb/Noun, or the Noun/Verb method. Now on my screen I have got a mechanical example. This drawing is a metric drawing and it was created such that each unit equals 1 millimeter. Now the changes I'm like to make don't involve the dimensions or the centerlines, so let's turn those layers off. I'm going to go up to my Layer control and click the flyout and we'll turn off both of those layers. And then I'll click on screen to close the menu.
Let's do one more thing. Let's take a look at my current running object snaps. I'm going to come down and right-click on my Object Snap Mode and we can see that I have a running object snaps set for Center as well as Endpoint. Let's hit Escape to close the menu and you know what? As long as we are down here let's turn on our Dynamic Input. This way I can see my command line information at my cursor. Okay, let's say we have to make a design change. Let's say I have to move these two circles 10 millimeters towards the center. Now these circles represent this geometry in my Section View.
Now how would we do that normally? Well, we come up and launch our Move command. Move represents the Verb. I'm telling AutoCAD I want to move something. Now AutoCAD is saying, move what? Well, these circles represent the noun. Let me right-click to finish my selection. I'll pick these guys up from the center point and then I'm going to lock my Ortho and will pull them to the right and type 10 for 10 millimeters and hit Enter. So by default, when we work in AutoCAD we typically work using a Verb/Noun methodology.
Now AutoCAD also allows us to work in the other direction. Let's make the same change with these two circles. We'll do this one Noun/Verb, meaning I'm going to select my objects first by making a window and then I'll come over and launch my Move command. It works the same way. I'll select these from the center and we'll type 10 and hit Enter. The Noun/Verb method works with nearly every AutoCAD command. If you happened to be having problems with your Noun/ Verb functionality this feature can be turned off. Let me show you where we can go to turn it back on. We are going to visit our Options by right-clicking and selecting Options from the menu. We are going to go to the Selection tab and right down here in the Selection Mode is a toggle that allows me to turn my Noun/ Verb selection on and off. I'll go ahead and leave that on, we'll click OK and before we go, let's correct our geometry in the Section View such that it matches our top view. I'm going to do that by using the Stretch command and we'll do it using the Noun/Verb methodology.
I will make a crossing window to select this geometry that encompasses all of the end points that I would like to move. Then I'll come up and launch the Stretch command and we'll stretch this geometry from the end point here and I'll pull to the right, we'll type 10 and hit Enter. Once again, I'll make a crossing window over here to select this geometry, we'll come up and click the Stretch command and we'll stretch it from this end point and pull to the left and type 10. When it comes down to it, AutoCAD allows us to choose how we want to work.
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