Parts of Speech
Part of Speech
Function or "job"
expresses an action or state of being
run, study, live, be, have, do, like, work, sing, can, must
I am a student. This is fun. We like music. They sing all the time.
names a person, place, thing or idea
Dick, Jane, music, town, justice, student, teacher, audience
This is my car. He lives in my house. We often travel to
describes (modifies) a noun or pronoun
a/an, the, five, some, good, big, red, this, that, my, your, our
Look at the red car. The engine is huge. My house is empty.
describes (modifies) a verb, adjective or adverb
quickly, silently, well, badly, really, very, ever, not, too (VENT)
His car goes very fast. She feels badly about it. I am really sorry.
replaces a noun
I, you, he, she, each, nobody, this, that, these, those, who, which, Who?
It belongs to me. They are students. I like him. Who are they? Does anyone know?
links a noun or pronoun to another word
by, with, from, in, on, at, to, for, after, concerning
The book is under the desk. He went to school. He wrote about it.
joins words of groups or words
for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so (FANBOYS)
She worked and she prayed. He tried but he failed. Will you do it, or should I?
expresses strong feeling; an exclamation
oh!, wow!, ouch!
Oh! Really! Is that what happened? Wow! Ouch! That hurts! Hi!