Parts of Speech
Here you can learn English grammar using the nine parts of speech: nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions, interjections, determiners
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Parts of speech examples
English grammar vocabulary words
What is an Adjective?
Adjectives are words that modify, limit or describe nouns(identify a person, place or thing) or pronouns(replaces a noun). An adjective essentially gives you a better understanding and meaning of another word. Adjectives are often(not always) found before the noun they describe.
Examples of adjectives:
Using adjectives in a sentence:
Let us ask a local person.
Your cooking is better than mine.
This is a very general question.
Could you be more specific?
She was the most popular girl in our school.
It is common knowledge that weight lifting is hard.
What is an Adverb?
Adverbs are words that modify verbs, adjectives or other adverbs(they do not describe nouns). Adverbs and adjectives are similar as both describe things. By describing other words they usually answer questions such as how, when, where and why. Most adverbs end in '-ly'.
Examples of adverbs:
Using adverbs in a sentence:
Michael is away on vacation.
She will likely finish the project tomorrow.
I simply have no time to help you.
Perhaps she was too tired.
We should do this again.
I'm almost done with my homework.
You should probably go to sleep now.
What is a verb?
Verbs are words that express and describe actions, events or states of being. An easy way to think about verbs is as doing or action words. Verbs are needed to form sentences and you can most likely find them after nouns or pronouns.
Examples of verbs:
Using verbs in a sentence:
I need to go to work this weekend.
Can you give me a hand?
Do you like swimming?
Take whatever you want.
This is my favorite spot.
I want to find a positive new idea.
Walking is my favorite form of exercise.
What is a noun?
Nouns are words that refer to names, objects, ideas, things, places or concepts. We use them to name things and answer the questions of what and who. Nouns can be singular or plural.
Examples of nouns:
Using nouns in a sentence:
Most people love warm summer days.
You gave me too much information.
My favorite drink is water.
Can you go walk the dog?
How many apples did you buy?
The world is round.
There is only a little time left.
What is a pronoun?
Pronouns are words that can be used as substitutes of nouns or noun phrases. They are short words that allow for simpler and more concise sentences. Instead of having to repeat the same noun over and over again you can simply replace it with a pronoun.
Examples of pronouns:
Using pronouns in a sentence:
Steven it is your time to bring out the garbage.
Can you tell the others that they need to arrive on time?
I already know what the answer is.
He told us to wait here.
Where is our luggage.
She left her phone with me.
Who are they?
What is a preposition?
Prepositions are used to show the relationship of nouns or pronouns to other words in a sentence. When writing sentences a preposition can only be followed by a noun or pronoun(never a verb).
Examples of prepositions:
Using prepositions in a sentence:
Since when did you know?
I really like red cars.
Can you let the cat in?
The event is over but the night is still young.
Wash your teeth before going to bed.
She arrived right after me.
From here it is a short distance.
What is a conjunction?
Conjunctions are words that join together sentences, words, phrases or clauses. You could call them connector words. The three basic conjuction forms are: a sinlge word, compound words, correlative words.
Examples of conjunctions:
Using conjunctions in a sentence:
We are tired and hungry.
Either juice or water if you have it.
Winning is great, but having fun is more important.
I went to sleep, because I was tired.
We can eat now that the food is ready.
Since when is it forbidden to wear sandals.
How long did you wait for this moment?
What is an interjection?
Interjections are words(or simply sounds) that express strong feelings or emotions. Having no tangible grammatical value interjections are more commonly used when speaking(not in writing). An interjection can be used as a short exclamation or pause at the beginning of a sentence or as a standalone word with an exclamation mark.
Examples of interjections:
Using interjections in a sentence:
Ouch! I hit my toe again.
Umm, I guess that is possible.
Ah! I forgot my bag.
Wow! What a surprise.
Hello, my name is Rachel.
Argh. I can not solve this puzzle.
Oh! I know the answer.
What is a determiner?
Determiners are short words that are found at the beginning of noun phrases. A determiner identifies a referent without describing or modifying it.
Examples of determiners:
Using determiners in a sentence:
The time is now!
Some people like to wake up early.
Do you want an apple.
This stage is so big.
Some of these bikes are broken.
Every time the same thing happens.
Do you have any more jokes?
What are the 9 parts of speech?
The nine most common parts of speech are: nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions, interjections, determiners.
100 most common words in English
This is a list of the 100 most common words in the English language. Here you can find common English words used in daily life.