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Parts of Speech

Many words can be more than one part of speech. You need to discover how a word functions in a sentence to identify what part of speech it is acting as in that sentence. It is always a good idea to identify the verb first when looking at a sentence. This can help you sort out the rest of the sentence. Remember that verbs show action or a condition (state of being) for the subject of the sentence.   


will:             I will go tomorrow. (verb)   He wrote his will and left everything to the dog.  (noun)

her:              It was her fault I was late. (adjective)  The fault is hers. (pronoun)

swimming:  Swimming is a good form of exercise. (noun)  Sharks were swimming in the bay. (verb)

Chinese:      The Chinese are a hard-working people. (noun)   Jan loves Chinese food. (adjective)

best            This is my best dress. (adjective)  Walter dances best when the music is fast. (adverb)

Identify the part of speech: verb, noun, pronoun, adjective, adverb, preposition, conjunction, or interjection?

           The storm loomed over the city.   

             Jerry leisurely ate his lunch, and then took a long nap.  

Gee whiz, Officer! The robbers are escaping!   

Griselda combed her long frizzy hair while leering at her captives.  

When he's told to clean his bedroom, the little boy hides in the tool shed.   

 We saw how badly you did your job last summer, and you should be ashamed of yourself.  

Priscilla believed that a flying saucer had landed outside her house.   

Carey likes to sculpt using clay as a medium.  

Someone painted smiley faces on all the melons in the supermarket.   

The blue light pulsated with an eerie glow when Gus touched it.   

 French fries and ketchup is a popular American snack.   

Jacques speaks French, English, and a bit of Chinese.  

Katy didnít mind being a hostage for the bank robbers, but she hated to be seen on television with wrinkled clothes.   

Watch it, buddy! Thatís my foot you're standing on.   

On the arid planet of Pluto, the sun sank beneath the horizon in a burst of green light.   

He turned around slowly to confront the alien from outer space.  


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