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The Eight Parts of Speech

In the English language, words can be classified into the eight parts of speech. Understanding every one of the 8 parts are important for learning about proper grammar for the English language. The eight parts of speech are adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, interjections, nouns, prepositions, pronouns, and verbs.


An adjective describes or modifies a noun or pronoun. It provides more information about a person, place or thing.  Example: Mindy is a beautiful girl. The word beautiful is the adjective. 


An adverb modifies a verb, an adjective, or another adverb. Example: Jason quickly ate the apple. The word quickly is the adverb in this sentence.


A conjunction joins together words, phrases or clauses together. Example: This banana is yellow and delicious. The word and is the conjunction in this sentence. 


An interjection expresses emotions in a sentence. They are often followed by an exclamation mark because interjections are often used to express strong emotions. Example: Hey! You are awesome.


A noun refers to persons, things, animals, places, ideas, emotion, events or almost any thing you can think of. Example:  The pineapple tastes great! The word pineapple is the noun in this sentence.


A preposition refers to words that specifies location or time. Example:  He arrived before the battle. The word before is the preposition in this sentence.


A pronoun serves as a replacement for a noun. Example: He is a fantastic chef. The word He is the pronoun in this sentence.


A verb is an action or state of being of the subject. Example: The farmer harvested the corn field. The word harvested is the verb in this sentence.

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