I am using the site Parts-of-speech.Info for the self study but I don't understand what these tags mean.

Below are three screenshots that show the site's part-of-speech tagging for the sentence "Failure must not have permanent affect on a person because only the tough survives". In the first picture, "have" has been tagged as "verb, VB", while "survives" (see the second picture) is tagged as "verb, VBZ":

Screenshot showing that "have" is tagged as "Verb, VB"

Screenshot showing that "survives" is tagged as "Verb, VBZ"

Screenshot showing that "permanent" is tagged as "adjective, JJ"

  • It does warn you that "the grammar and orthography are correct" - is it in your example?
    – Solar Mike
    Mar 13, 2019 at 12:42
  • No I think I should have used effect in place of affect. Permanent is adjective so it should be followed by noun not a verb. @SolarMike Am I right? Mar 13, 2019 at 12:45
  • survive or survives ?
    – Solar Mike
    Mar 13, 2019 at 12:46

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These are tags to represent parts of speech more specifically. For instance VBZ means verb in its third person singular form.

You may visit the page Alphabetical list of part-of-speech tags used in the Penn Treebank Project to check them.

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