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Parts of Speech in the English

There are thousands of words in any language. But not all words have the same job. For
example, some words express "action". Other words express a "thing". Other words "join" one
word to another word. These are the "building blocks" of the language. Think of them like the
parts of a house. When we want to build a house, we use concrete to make the foundations or
base. We use bricks to make the walls. We use window frames to make the windows, and door
frames to make the doorways. And we use cement to join them all together. Each part of the
house has its own job. And when we want to build a sentence, we use the different types of word.
Each type of word has its own job.
We can categorize English words into 8 basic types or classes. These classes are called "parts of
It's quite important to recognize parts of speech. This helps you to analyze sentences and
understand them. It also helps you to construct good sentences.
Following is an overview of the eight parts of speech, and a quiz to check your understanding:

Parts of Speech Table
This is a summary of the 8 parts of speech*. You can find more detail if you click on each part of


Part of Speech

Function or "Job"

Example Words

Example Sentences


action or state

(to) be, have, do,
like, work, sing,
can, must is a web site. I


thing or person

This is my dog. He lives in my
house. We live in London.


describes a noun

pen, dog, work,
music, town,
London, teacher,
a/an, the, 69, some,
good, big, red, well,


describes a verb,
adjective or adverb

quickly, silently,
well, badly, very,

My dog eats quickly. When he
is very hungry, he eats really



My dog is big. I like big dogs.


I like dogs but I don't like cats. some Tara is Indian. John is working. pronoun verb noun noun verb adjective noun She loves animals. John speaks good English. Parts of Speech Examples Here are some sentences made with different English parts of speech: verb noun verb noun verb verb Stop! John works. but. when I like dogs and I like cats. run) Auxiliary Verbs (be. he. 1 noun verb noun adverb noun verb adjective noun John speaks English well. must) o  Determiners may be treated as a separate part of speech. at. have. you. on. ouch!. she. Conjunction joins clauses or sentences or words and. Preposition links a noun to another word to. instead of being categorized under Adjectives. sometimes inserted into a sentence oh!. * Some grammar sources categorize English into 9 or 10 parts of speech. I don't know. I like cats and dogs.Pronoun replaces a noun I. Examples of other categorizations are:  Verbs may be treated as two different parts of speech: o Lexical Verbs (work. Animals like kind people. hi!. after. She is beautiful. MOHAMMAD ABU ZAID . Toshiba SATELLITE | 2 LTC. well Ouch! That hurts! Hi! How are you? Well. but We went to school on Monday. Interjection short exclamation. like.

For example. interjection Well! That's expensive! Toshiba SATELLITE | 3 LTC. preposition Everyone came but Mary. verb adj. pron. "but" can be a conjunction and a preposition. She likes big snakes but I hate them. preposition and conjuction! word work but 1 well part of speech example noun My work is easy. ask yourself: "What job is this word doing in this sentence?" In the table below you can see a few examples. Words with More than One Job Many words in English can have more than one job. or be more than one part of speech. pronoun. an adverb and an interjection. noun adverb Well. MOHAMMAD ABU ZAID . In addition. verb pron. adj. adjective Are you well? adverb She speaks well. noun. adverb. Of course. "work" can be a verb and a noun. she and young John walk to school slowly. many nouns can act as adjectives. verb I work in London. even for some of the words in the table. Here is a sentence that contains every part of speech: interjection pron.pronoun verb preposition adjective noun adverb She ran to the station quickly. noun verb prep. In fact. To analyze the part of speech. conj. if you look in a good dictionary you will see that the word but has six jobs to do:  Verb. conjunction John came but Mary didn't come. there are more. noun conjunction pron. "well" can be an adjective.

noun acting as adjective We had afternoon tea. I'm sure I have met your girlfriend before. After lunch let's go out for a coffee. I don't think I will be here to answer the phone. 5. I left my shoes under the kitchen table. (6) noun. (3) preposition. (4) adverb. 10. (5) verb. (10) preposition 1 Toshiba SATELLITE | 4 LTC. Answer Key: (1) adjective. (2) pronoun. (9) conjunction. 4. 2. MOHAMMAD ABU ZAID . I want to go to a university in the United States. Well. I bought a beautiful dress at the mall. (7) verb. 7. 9. On Saturdays I work from nine to five. If we finish our work quickly we can go to the movies. 6. What did she ask you to do? 3. 8. Quiz Determine which part of speech is the underlined word: 1. (8) interjection.afternoon noun We ate in the afternoon. Andy knocked on the door but nobody answered.