In the sentence "1, 2, 3, 4, that’s it.", what parts of speech would the phrase "1, 2, 3, 4" be?

I was wondering what parts of speech the phrase "1, 2, 3, 4" would be because I was trying to analyze it or understand it and I think I wasn’t understanding it or analyzing it.

And I think I wanted to see if "1, 2, 3, 4" is a parts of speech.

  • It's not a part of speech. Counting doesn't make a sentence, just like saying "la la la la" doesn't make a sentence.
    – gotube
    Jul 28 at 5:51
  • If it isn’t a part of speech, what might "1,2,3,4" be? Jul 28 at 19:16
  • Another way of looking at is this -- "One, two, three, four..." are adjectives. This is because the speaker is counting something, and that part is often left out. You could write the sentence as "One (something), two (somethings)...-- that's it." Does that help? Jul 29 at 2:42
  • This is a good question, so I'm upvoting it. I'm not 100% sure of my answer, that's why I'm putting it as a comment. Jul 29 at 2:45
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    I thank you for upvoting my question because I think some people be downvoting some questions and some ignore my questions. Jul 29 at 4:28

Numbers in your sentence are not a part of speech in the English language. Parts of speech (nouns, pronouns, adjective, verb, adverb, preposition, conjunction, interjection, and articles) are used for words.

The numbers in a sentence may be ordinal (represent rank or order of things), temporal (represent time), or nominal (identify something as in your sentence "1,2,3,4, that's it.").

Some idioms and phrases may also contain numbers that have special meanings. For instance,

  • Easy as 1-2-3 (simple and straightforward).
  • At sixes and sevens (total confusion or disarray).
  • Behind the eight ball (mentally struggling or unable to keep up with a situation).
  • A picture is worth a thousand words (pictures convey more information than words).
  • A bunch of fives (punch someone).
  • Back to square one (back to where one started).
  • I'm not so sure... "one" is a word, and in (for example) "one apple," it is a part of speech. Also "behind the eight ball" does not mean "in a precarious situation," it means struggling or unable to mentally keep up with a situation.
    – TypeIA
    Jul 29 at 9:20
  • Ok. Thank you for the correction. I have edited my answer accordingly. Numbers can be part of speech one apple, one is a part of speech. Correct me if I am wrong, it's adjective, right? Jul 30 at 4:46
  • If numbers aren't parts of speech, what are numbers? Aug 1 at 19:37
  • Numbers are numerical digits that represent quantities. Aug 2 at 5:25
  • I think numbers might be parts of speech, determiners, nouns, pronouns, and adjectives also. Do you think that? Or what do you think about that? Aug 4 at 18:51

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