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This is a summary of the 8 parts of speech*. You can find more detail if you click on each part of speech.
part of speech function
1. Noun thing or person pen, dog, work, music, town, London, teacher, John This is my dog. He lives in my house. We live in London 2. Pronoun replaces a noun I, you, he, she, some Tara is Indian. She is beautiful
3. Adjective describes a noun a/an, the, 69, some, good, big, red, interesting My dog is big. I like big dogs
4. Verb action or state be, have, do, like, work, sing, can, must
5. Adverb describes a verb, adjective or adverb quickly, silently, well, badly, very, really My dog eats quickly. When he isvery hungry, he eats really quickly
6. Preposition links a noun to another word to, at, after, on, but We went to school on Monday
7. Conjunction joins clauses or sentences or words and, but, when I like dogs and I like cats. I like cats and dogs. I like dogs but I don't like cats.
8. Interjection short exclamation,sometimes inserted into a sentence oh!, ouch!, hi! Ouch! That hurts! Hi! How are you? :