Questions tagged [parts-of-speech]

For questions relating to identifying the parts of speech, which include: nouns, pronouns, adjectives, determiners, verbs, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections.

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What is the function of the word?

Could you tell me what is the role of the word in bold in the following sentence : Worrying is pretty inefficient.
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Using a noun as an adverb

I'm wondering how common, in English, it is to use a noun as an adverb. For example, they were Christmas shopping; they were break dancing. In those cases, 'Christmas' and 'break' are actually nouns ...
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Which parts of speech?

Tim was happy about being accepted as a contributing editor. May I know what parts of speech accepted comes under? Thank you.
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Understanding change of speech

in the following questions, a sentence has been given in Direct / Indirect Speech. Out of the four alternatives suggested, select the one which best expresses the same sentence in Indirect/Direct ...
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What part of speech is “taking” here? What rule of grammar it follows?

"He stepped forward, a corona of light taking shape around him." Word "taking" here is definitely not a gerund, but it still doesn't have "to be" verb attached to it. What is it then exactly, and ...
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Not all language tests are of the same kind

Not all language tests are of the same kind. All language tests are not of the same kind I think both the sentences mean the same thing though they are syntactically different. What is the part ...
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“close to suicidal” instead of “close to suicide”

Repeating it tonight in front of Death Eaters who either witnessed or heard about the first occasion was close to suicidal!" Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows I am wondering why it's "close ...
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Confusion in usage of “of” in a sentence

I read the below statement today. "Muhammad Ali was born in the small town of Louisville." Here Louisville is described as a small town. Normally when we use "small town of XXX", are we ...
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How is 'was' a verb?

As I am doing my 2nd homework task for 8th grade English, I got frustrated by trying to remember the parts of speech for a few words. Usually Google is really helpful with examples and definitions. ...
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What part of speech is “my” in the sentence?

This is my book. What part of speech is "my" in the sentence above? This may be considered a silly question to ask, but I have referred to some dictionaries such as Word Master and Oxford's Advanced ...
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Understanding the relations between parts of speech in the sentence

SSL protocol is the predecessor of the TLS protocol used to secure network communications. In this sentence the world "used" is related to the "SSL protocol" or "TLS protocol"? How can I know that?...
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What part of speech is “based on”

Google Flights explains its reasoning for 'best' flights with the following: We chose options that give you the best trade-off between price and convenience, based on factors such as duration, ...
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proper parts of speech and analysis of structure

Find the wrong one(S) I saw injustice happen. I saw injustice happening. I saw injustice happened. This is from a grammar competition. Now from my little knowledge. I can only break it ...
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which one should i use: Present Participle or Past Participle?

What is the difference between using a Present Participle or Past Participle? Original sentence below (from financial times): The acquisition marks Asahi's biggest mve as it persues growth outside ...
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What are the parts of speech in the sentence: Regular exercise strengthens the heart, thereby reducing the risk of heart attack

Can anyone break this sentences into parts of speech? Regular exercise strengthens the heart, thereby reducing the risk of heart attack What is the conjunction in this sentence joining the two ...
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Why do we need to use an -ing verb/gerund after 'when'? What is 'when' actually?

I have a long-standing doubt on 'when'. 1) Is it a conjunction or preposition? I don't know whether it is preposition or not, for every verb after it will take -ing or becomes a gerund: 1) ...
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the difference between prepositions and particles?

While driving along, Shiro’s owner decided to stop for awhile and she ran away again. Is along and away prepositions or particle? I am confused
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So I heard/ I heard so

A: The Council has given planning permission for another shopping centre in the city. B: So I read in the paper. Can I use "I read so in the paper" or "I read in the paper so" in the place of ...
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Is the word “you” a pronoun in this sentence?

I am reading the book High School English Grammar & Composition by Wren & Martin. While defining Pronoun, the following sentence appears as an example: The books are where you left them. ...
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What does “self temporarily” mean?

This is the whole paragraph I’m having trouble with: His uncle backhanded him so hard across his left cheek that Isaac’s sense of self temporarily broke upon the ground on which his body fell. ...
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When to use “would” correctly?

I usually get confused when should I use "would" and when I shouldn't. I have usually seen that "would" is often used to describe "imaginary conditions or to express wishes, thoughts" but my question ...
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“Whose three interior angles each measure” or “measures”?

I get stuck by this sentence: Equilateral triangle: A triangle whose three sides are all equal in length and whose three interior angles each measure 60°. Is measure in this sentence a verb or a ...
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“Saying sorry won't make you smaller”,

“Saying sorry won't make you smaller”. I'm not sure whether my question is reasonable or not but I was discussing this question with my friends, and got some points by them. We, actually, faced some ...
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Four men were lying on the grass under the bridge

Four men were lying on the grass under the bridge. What is the part of speech of 'under the bridge'? Is it an adjective phrase which modify 'the grass'? Or is it an adverb phrase modifying 'were ...
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I don't have any special plans for this weekend

I don't have any special plans for this weekend. Q1: What is the meaning of 'for' here? Q2: What is the part of speech of 'for this weekend'? Does it modify 'any special plans'? Or does it modify '...
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Compare and emphasise on the incident happened `Before`

Suppose person-1 has achieved a milestone today and person-2 achieved two years ago. Now how can I emphasise on this time difference? Since Before is not an Adjective it doesn't have Comparative or ...
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I met a beggar in New York

I met him in New York. I met a beggar in New York. I met the beggar in New York. What is the part of speech of 'in New York'? Is it an adjective phrase or an adverbial phrase? Or can it be both? My ...
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what does “up” means here in “what are you up to”

in sentence "what are you up to", what is the definition of "up" and what part of speech is it? there are way too many definitions for "up", I am not sure which one "up" is using in above sentence. ...
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How to know when is passive, when is an adjective?

In these two sentences "tired" is always adjective: I was tired. I have been tired. In these two sentences "told" is always part of the passive, perfect participle: I was told. I have been told. ...
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What form is not yet in the example below?

Girl: "Can I eat it now?" Mom: "Not yet" Is it even correct to use not yet this way?
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Finesse=amazing (word choice)

Let's say you are describing a newly built building in your hometown. You say it is amazing: The new building has a finesse architectural design. An American say it is wrongly used. But an online ...
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confusion in tags on “https://parts-of-speech.info/”

I am using this site (https://parts-of-speech.info/) for the self study but I don't understand what these tags mean. For example in the first picture, have has been tagged as verb, VB while survives ...
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Act/Identity of Hurtling in “A runway car came hurtling towards us”" [closed]

A runway car came hurtling towards us. Here hurtling is a ________?
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What part of speech are “answer” and “enough” in this sentence?

Sirius suggested once, without any real conviction, that they all go to bed, but the Weasleys' looks of disgust were answer enough. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix I don't understand ...
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Is “school” a preposition in “The School day never goes too slowly”?

Is School a preposition in this sentence?: The School day never goes too slowly. If it is not what part of speech is it?
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This 'that' is a relative pronoun or a pronoun?

I want to know if 'that' of 'that identified with ~' is a relative pronoun or a pronoun in the next sentence. And the exact meaning of 'identify with', too. ....The problem was that the part involved ...
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Is asleep in “to fall asleep” an adverb?

As you can see, DK school dictionary says "asleep" in to fall asleep is an adverb. Yet, according to https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/asleep "Asleep" in to fall asleep is an ...
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“Demand ” as a parts of speech

In the following sentence The information is important to demand attention from all levels of organization what type of parts of speech is demand?? Thanks in advance.
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What part of speech is “passes” in this context

Harry and Ron had so far managed to scrape passes in this subject only by copying Hermione's notes before exams; she alone seemed able to resist the soporific power of Binns's voice. Harry ...
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Part of speech: “get to sleep” and “get to work”

In phrases "get to sleep" and "get to work", are "sleep" and "work" used as nouns or verbs? Examples: It took me almost an hour to get to sleep last night. Let's get to work now! If they ...
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Is ‘adept’ an adjective or noun in these sentences?

Even though I have a great job, I am not adept at keeping to a budget and often end up broke between paydays. If you want to become a police officer, you must become adept with a handgun. It's fine! ...
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The grammar of “be buried”

What is the grammar of "be buried" in the following sentences?: The graves have all been found under the houses, right under the floors. And it may be this burial custom that explains why the ...
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How to understand “survive contact with” in this context?

As the closest bead of light moved nearer to Harry's wand tip, the wood beneath his fingers grew so hot he feared it would burst into flame. The closer that bead moved, the harder Harry's wand ...
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Structure of “need something back”

What is the structure of the following sentence? I need my history book back. What is the grammatical role of the word "back"?
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What is the grammatical role of the word “either” in the following sentence?

What is the grammatical role of "either" in the following sentence: Nevertheless, a goal is seldom destroyed by a delay, so don't destroy your positive attitude, either.
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part of speech: a very youthful 65?

I saw the following sentence: She's a very youthful 65. It seems "65" is a countable noun, but can we say "She's a 65"? I'd appreciate your help.
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Is “use” a noun in “the need for use unsupervised overseas”?

Furthermore, the need for secrecy was tempered not only by the need for use unsupervised overseas but by the desire to use maps and charts to legitimate territorial claims, a function they could not ...
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Clauses and Phrases: When does a new independent clause begin?

In the sentence below, is "on" an adverb and is "another" a quantifier? I thought they were but I am unsure. Please help as soon as possible. I am willing to learn how to identify these tough parts of ...
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What part of speech is ‘more’?

If possible always pay the balance in full every month or pay more than the minimum amount. What part of speech is ‘more’and which word it is modifying?
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In the below given sentence I want to know what role is played by the word running ?How does it fit in a sentence pattern?

Thomas came running. In the above sentence THOMAS is the subject and CAME is the verb. What grammatical label can be given to the word RUNNING.