What Are The 8 Parts Of The Speech And The Meaning?


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A part of speech explains how a word is used. In traditional English grammar, there are eight parts of speech. Knowing about each part of speech will help you use words correctly when speaking and writing. Your communication skills will be enhanced.

Here are the eight parts of speech and their most common meanings:

Noun: A noun is a word that names a person, place, or thing.


    (person) - Michael Jordan was a great basketball player.
    (place) - I left my notebook at school.
    (thing) - I enjoy reading a good book.

A noun that names only one person, place, or thing is a singular noun. A noun that names more than one person, place, or thing is a plural noun. For example, automobile is a singular noun, while automobiles is a plural noun.

Pronoun: A pronoun is a word that is used in place of a noun. Pronouns act just like nouns.
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    Bob gave me the best puppy in the litter.
    Now that cute puppy is mine.

Adjective: An adjective is a word that describes a noun. It can tell what kind or how many.


    (what kind) That was a wonderful movie.
    (how many) Only several people attended the town meeting.

Verb: A verb is a word that shows action. A present tense verb shows action that is happening now. A past tense verb shows action that has already happened. A future tense verb shows action that will happen.


    (present tense) Please move the chair away from the wall.
    (past tense) I walked home from school yesterday.
    (future tense) We are going on vacation in the middle of July.

Adverb: An adverb is a word that describes a verb. It can tell how or when.


    (how) I try to eat my food slowly.
    (when) I like Jamie because he never lies.

Conjunction: A conjunction is a word that connects words in a sentence.


    Susan and Anna are very close friends.
    I will go to the park if you come too.

Preposition: A preposition is a word that links and relates a noun or pronoun to another word in a sentence.


    I haven't gone to the gym since Tuesday.
    Tom said that he was against Bill's idea.

Interjection: An interjection is a word that expresses emotion. It is usually an exclamation that is followed by an exclamation point (!). Sometimes, an interjection is followed by a comma (,).


    Wow! That movie was scary.
    Oops, I didn't mean to do that.

Knowing these eight parts of speech will improve your writing and speaking.
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Noun-refers to a person, place, thing, event and animals
Pronouns-are words that stand for nouns
Adjective-are words used to describe a noun or a pronoun
Verb-is a word that expresses action
Adverb-is a word that modifies a verb, an adjective, or another adverb
Preposition-connects a word to a noun or pronoun that gives more information
Conjunction-is a word used to connect other words or group of words
Interjection-a word that expresses a feeling like OUCH!!!!

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1.  NOUN

A noun is the name of a person, place, thing, idea, or quality.

Examples:  John, Mary, boy, girl, children; Pasadena, CEC;  classrooms, notebooks; freedom, intelligence; hope, anger, joy


A pronoun is usually a substitute for a noun. The noun is called the "antecedent" (but an indefinite pronoun has no antecedent).


  a.  Personal pronouns:  I, mine, me; you, yours; he, his, him; she, hers, her; it, its; we, ours, us; they, theirs, them.

  b.  Interrogative pronouns:  Who, whose, whom, which, what

  c.  Relative pronouns (include):  Who, who, whose, which, that;  whoever, whomever, whichever

  d.  Demonstrative pronouns:  This, that, these, those

  e.  Indefinite pronouns (include):  All, another, any, anybody, anyone, anything, both, each, either, everybody, everyone, everything, many, neither, nobody, no one, none, one, others, some, somebody, someone, such

  f. Intensive or reflexive pronouns:  Myself, yourself, himself, herself, itself, ourselves, themselves

3.  VERB

A verb expresses an action or a condition (a state of being).

Examples:  Robert will eat the hamburger.  (action)  Sara is happy.  (condition or state of being)

    Robert won’t eat the hamburger.  Sara isn’t happy.

    Will Robert eat the hamburger?  Is Sara happy?


An adverb describes a verb, adjective, or other adverb. Adverbs usually tell how (for example: Slowly), when (e.g., lately), where (e.g., there), how much (e.g., very), or why (e.g., therefore).

Example:  He always chews his gum loudly.


An adjective describes or limits a noun.

Examples:  Tall, young, pretty, light, blue, new, white  (The tall, young, pretty girl is wearing a light blue dress with her new white shoes.)  (NOT:  ...a light dress blue with her new shoes white.)

Adjectives and adverbs have three degrees of comparison:  Positive, comparative, superlative.  Examples:

Mary has a smart child.  Sara has a smarter child.  Nancy has the smartest child.

Robert is an intelligent student. William is more intelligent than Robert.  Kim is the most intelligent student.

The red car is expensive.  The white car is less expensive.  The blue car is the least expensive.

I’m a good painter.  She’s a better painter.  He’s the best painter.

I’m a bad singer.  She’s a worse singer.  He’s the worst singer.


A preposition usually  shows the relationship between a noun or pronoun and another part of a sentence.

There are many prepositions, including:  About, above, across, after, against, along, among, around, as, at, before, behind, below, beneath, between, beyond, beside, besides, by, down, during, except, from, for, in, inside, into, like, near, next, of, off, on, out, out of, outside, over, past, round, since, than, through, till, to,  toward, towards, under, underneath, unless, until, upon, up, with, within, without.

Examples:  My pencil is under my desk by my foot.  Martha drove from LA to NY.


A conjunction connects words, phrases, and clauses.

Coordinate conjunctions connect words, phrases, and clauses of equal value:  And, or, nor, but (and sometimes for).  E.g., The dog and the cat are hungry.

Correlative conjunctions occur in pairs:  Both-and, either-or, neither-nor, not only-but also.  E.g., Both the fish and the snake are thirsty.

Subordinate conjunctions connect unequal clauses (dependent clauses with independent clauses). They include:  After, although, as, because, before, if, since, than, though, unless, until, when, where, while.  E.g., After they ate, they had dessert.


An interjection is a word that expresses feeling or emotion; usually it is followed by an exclamation mark.

Examples:  Oh!  Ah!  Wow!  Darn!  Gosh!  Golly!  Gee!  Ow!  Ouch!  Yikes!  Holy moly!  Yippee!  Hooray!  Boo!  Whew!

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