Parts of Speech | Eight parts of Speech

All parts of speech
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In the English language, there are eight parts of speech: noun, pronoun, adjective, preposition, verb,  adverb,  interjection and conjunction. The parts of speech shows how the word functions in meaning and its grammatical role within the sentence. An individual word work as more than one part of speech when it is used in different circumstances. It is very important to understand parts of speech for determining the correct definition of a word when using the dictionary.

We call every word of English as part of speech. “Part of speech” means the role a word have in a sentence. These words combine to make a sentence.

There are eight main parts of speech.

The eight parts of speech

a) Nouns

A noun is a word that shows a person, place, concept, or thing. Simply, anything that is present in this universe (visible or invisible) is called a noun. For example a cricket ground, Mexico, or sunlight.

There are two major categories of noun: common nouns and proper nouns. When we talk about general names of things it is called Common nouns, like game and town. On the other hand when we talk about specific names for individual things it is called Proper nouns, like Manchester and Baseball.

b) Pronouns

Pronouns are the words we use in place of noun. When a pronoun is used for specific noun the reader or listener understands which specific noun you’re pointing out.

For example “Siama should be here at six,” now look it “She is always late; next time I’ll tell her to be here an-hour earlier.” 

Instead of saying Katherine’s name three times in a sentence, you replaced it with she and her and in this way your sentence remained grammatically correct.

c) Adjectives

Adjectives are the words that explain and describe nouns. Just think about your favorite drama. How would you tell to your friend who has never seen it?

You will say the movie was funny, interesting, well-directed, or full of action. When the movie is described with these words, you’re using adjectives. Usually adjective comes before the noun it is describing (Simon has a black dog), Sometimes, adjectives come at the end of a sentence (Simon’s dog is black).

d) Verbs

Generally verbs indicate any action in a sentence. These verbs are called action verbs. There are many examples of verbs such as eat, take, run etc.

Gupta runs very fast.

Verbs also show some action or states of being. For example to love and to be. These verbs are called non action verbs.

Hina loves her cat.

verb defination

verb defination

e) Adverbs

When a word describes an adjective, a verb, or another adverb it is called adverb. We will explain it by examples:

Musa entered the room quietly

Here quietly is describing how Musa entered the room.

 A cheetah is always faster than every animal.

In this example. Always is showing how frequently a cheetah is faster (adjective) than any other animal on the earth.

adverb defination

adverb defination

f) Prepositions

When we want to show any relationship between the other words in a sentence prepositions are used.

For example:

Clark left his car leaning against the garage.

In this sentence, against is the preposition in this sentence because it tells us where Clark left his car.

We will explain it by another example:

Siara put the bread in the oven.

If we don’t use the preposition in, we don’t even know where the bread is.

preposition defination

preposition defination

g) Conjunctions

When we want to express multiple ideas to build a complex sentences, we use conjunctions. For example:

Stark likes pizza. He likes burger. He don’t like potato chips.

Every sentence gives clear idea and grammatically it’s not wrong but these sentences can be expressed in most efficient way. Look at the example below:

Stark likes pizza and burger but he don’t like potato chips.

In above sentence, and, but are the conjunctions that link Stark’s ideas together.

conjunction defination

conjunction defination

h) Interjection

They are used to show emotion, reaction or excitement.

For Example:

Hurray! we won the match

Oops! I dialed the wrong number

Alas! I am lost in wilderness

Yum! The tea tastes fantastic

Wow! You did an amazing job

Oh no! Plane is about to crash

To express your any kind of feeling, you need some words and those words are called Interjections.

interjunction defination

interjunction defination


Word with two different kinds of speech

As we know y is used sometimes as a vowel and sometimes as a consonant, just like this there are some words that sometimes used as one type part of speech and sometimes another. For examples:

  • Work 
    • Liza went to work(noun). 
    • Liza workin the garden (verb).
  • Well
    • Allen paints very well(adverb).
    • Mark is well-liked in his community (adjective).
    • Phin dropped a stone in the well(noun).
  • But
    • Finch cooked breakfast and lunch, butSteve cooked dinner (conjunction).
    • Finch brought everything butthe books you asked for (preposition).

Some words introduced as new parts of speech in grammar. For example the word “adult.”  Adult was basically a noun that means a fully grown person. We also take it as an adjective when we refer it to specific types of media, like adult contemporary band. But after 2010s, a new word “adulating” was introduced as a verb. As a verb, adulting means “doing tasks like paying bills and grocery shopping”.

Open and closed modal of word classes

There are two main classes of parts of speech: open and closed.

Open word classes refer those parts of speech which regularly take new words. The evolution happens usually in parts of speech such as: nouns, adjectives, adverbs, and verbs. In the year 2020, three new words added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary included: truthinesscontactless and deepfake,

On the other hand closed word classes are the parts of speech that don’t add new words regularly. These parts of speech are taken as “set in stone” and it include pronouns, conjunctions, articles, and prepositions.

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