In language, the parts of speech are categories of words based on their function in a sentence. This a helpful way to look at words to help you understand the underlying grammar and logic of any language you study.
In English, there are eight different parts of speech:
- Adjectives: Adjectives modify or describe a noun. (sleepy, long, blue)
- Adverbs: Adverbs modify or describe a verb, adjective or another adverb. (grumpily, very, well)
- Conjunctions: Conjunctions connect words, phrases and clauses together. (therefore, and, if)
- Interjections: Interjections are words used as exclamations to show feelings. (bah, gosh, oops)
- Nouns: Nouns name a person, place, thing or idea/quality. (clown, Brazil, love)
- Prepositions: Prepositions indicate relationships, often spatial, between nouns and pronouns. (between, across, in)
- Pronouns: Pronouns take the place of nouns to simplify speech and writing. (she, his, who)
- Verbs: Verbs express action or a state of being. (walk, live, be)
Understanding the Parts of Speech
The following chart describes each of the parts of speech and gives everyday examples:
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Knowing the different parts of speech and reviewing examples of each can help you improve your grammar. This, in turn, can help you become a more confident speaker and writer.
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