Differences between keywords actions, keyword abilities, and ability words[edit | edit source]
Keywords actions and keyword abilities are closely related. Both represent a longer segment of rules text and may allow variable costs and effects. Because they have a specific rules meaning and are listed in the Comprehensive Rules, keywords of either type can be referenced from other cards. They differ in that keyword abilities are either characteristics of objects or are objects themselves, whereas keyword actions describe game-related actions.
For example, the keyword ability enchant, as in Enchant creature, states a restriction on the valid targets for an aura. The related keyword action attach describes the process of physically putting such an aura onto its target.
Ability words have no rules meaning, but exist to name and flavorfully link otherwise unnamed mechanics. Because they are have no rules meaning, like flavor text and reminder text, ability words are rendered in italics. Ability words are never referenced on other cards.
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