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Parts of Speech

Words in a sentence can be divided into different parts of speech. Although English may be categorized into more than eight parts of speech, words in a sentence can be classified traditionally into eight parts of speech only for sake of simplicity. They are noun, pronoun, adjective, verb, adverb, preposition, conjunction, and interjection. However, a word itself can be more than one part of speech.

The function of each part of speech can be summarized as following:

Part of Speech Description
Noun to represent a thing directly.
Pronoun to represent a thing indirectly.
Adjective to add something to the meaning of the thing, e.g. noun, pronoun.
Verb to express a matter of doing something about something, e.g. noun, pronoun.
Adverb to add something to the meaning of something, e.g. adjective, verb, adverb.
Preposition to add a relation between something and a thing
Conjunction to add a relation between words of expressions.
Interjection to express some sudden feeling in addition to an expression.

The relationship of each part of speech may be represented by the following figure.

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Besides the eight parts of speech, words "a", "an", and "the" in traditional English are called articles which are usually considered as a special type of adjective. But sometimes articles are combined with other demonstratives to form another part of speech called determiner.

 


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References

  1. Thomson A.J., Martinet A.V., 1961
  2. Nesfield, J.C., 1898
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