The Eight Parts of Speech Are Awesome

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The Eight Parts of Speech Are Awesome

Every single word we use belongs to one of eight word groups or parts of speech.

Parts of Speech Chart

Wow! Did you hear that? Just think about that fact for a minute. We use thousands of words, and they can all be separated into just eight groups!

You'll learn about all eight word groups below, and you'll transform yourself into a grammar guru. Everything else that has to do with grammar builds on this information, so soak it all in!

The 8 Parts of Speech

1. What is a noun?

Nouns name people, places, things, or ideas. There are many different types of nouns.

Here are a few: proper nouns, common nounscollective nounspossessive nouns, and compound nouns.

A peacock walked through our yard.

The dog howled.

2. What is a pronoun?

Pronouns take the place of nouns. There are many different types of pronouns.

Here are a few of them: reflexive pronounsindefinite pronounspossessive pronouns, and relative pronouns

We walked across the bridge.

It woke the baby.


3. What is a verb?

Verbs show actions or states of being. Linking verbs, action verbs, and helping verbs are described on the page above. 

Modals are described here, and you can learn even more about action verbs and linking verbs here.

The shuttle flew into space.

The loving mother comforted the baby.

4. What is an adjective?

Adjectives describe, or modify, nouns and pronouns.

The wise, handsome owl had orange eyes.

The caring father rocked the baby.


5. What is an adverb? 

Adverbs modify verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs.

The extremely cute koala hugged its mom very tightly.

The dog howled loudly.

6. What is a preposition?

Prepositions show the relationship between a noun or a pronoun and some other word in the rest of the sentence. 

The frog sat in the flower.

The baby cried for a long time.


7. What is a conjunction?

Conjunctions join two or more words, phrases, or clauses

The hummingbird sat and waited.

The baby gazed at his mother and father.

8. What is an interjection?

Interjections show excitement or emotion. They are not grammatically related to the rest of the sentence. 

Wow! That jump was amazing!

Phew, the baby finally fell asleep.

Most Words Can Function
As Multiple Parts of Speech

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