Parts of Speech in English Grammar

Part of the English Grammar For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Every time you write or speak, you use nouns, verbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and other parts of the English language. Knowing how to use these parts of speech can help you speak more eloquently, write more clearly, and feel more confident when communicating with others.

  • Noun: names a person, place, thing, idea (Lulu, jail, cantaloupe, loyalty, and so on)

  • Pronoun: takes the place of a noun (he, who, I, what, and so on)

  • Verb: expresses action or being (scrambled, was, should win, and so on)

  • Adjective: describes a noun or pronoun (messy, strange, alien, and so on)

  • Adverb: describes a verb, adjective, or other adverb (willingly, woefully, very, and so on)

  • Preposition: relates a noun or a pronoun to another word in the sentence (by, for, from, and so on)

  • Conjunction: ties two words or groups of words together (and, after, although, and so on)

  • Interjection: expresses strong emotion (yikes! wow! ouch! and so on)

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