Grammar rocks! -- What are the parts of speech?
Cujgie on 08/02/2008
|The Grammar Curmudgeon* says it so well:|
"The phrase 'part of speech' refers to an identifying label given to a word based on how it is used in a sentence. Although lists of these labels may differ slightly, grammar books traditionally list eight parts of speech: noun, pronoun, verb, adjective, adverb, conjunction, preposition, interjection.
Before learning the parts of speech, it is useful to understand why we bother with these classifications in the first place. In brief, having labels for how words function in a sentence helps us to understand better how sentences are constructed and therefore makes us more skillful at putting sentences together."
(Many thanks to TheMudge at http://www.grammarmudge.cityslide.com/Home.html.)
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