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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grammatical role of numbers

What's the grammatical role of numbers? For example, in the following sentence: That car has two doors. I mean, "That" is the determiner, "car" is the noun, "has" is the verb. So what's the role ...
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*Slowing* gaining strength_ What part of speech is 'slowing' in the phrases below?

I thought the authors misused the word 'slowing', because it seems that 'slowly' as an adverb should be used. However, there are multiple examples using slowing + gaining + something(noun). Really ...
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Which part of speech is 'much' in “Don't think so much about the future!”

Don't think so much about the future! In this sentence, 'much' is an 'adverb' or a 'pronoun'? I think the role of 'much' can vary with verbs, so it's difficult to determine what it is for a ...
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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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'are of' and 'is of'

While I was reading a book, the following sentence caught my eye. Sincerity and courtesy are of desirable character traits. I saw this kind of sentence before, but never fully understood why the ...
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Part of speech of “Much”

(1) I don't care too much about it. In this sentence, 'much' is a 'pronoun' or an 'adverb'? (2) A situation or action is too much for you In this sentence, 'much' is a 'pronoun' or an '...
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What part of speech should we use here?

What form must be here? In spite of the (romantic) reputation of the British, over 16 million Valentine cards are sent each year on February 14 th.
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Could I replace one-word part of speech with whole-sentence representing same part of speech without sense replacement?

Noun - part of speech in grammar denoting a figurative or real thing or person. Could I replace a one-word noun with multiple words representing the same part of speech? Example: Panther strikes. ...
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Adverb or Noun?

I was taught that if there is only a single word after a preposition, it must be a Noun. For example, Our blessings come from above. If I was taught right, the word above after the preposition ...
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Part of Speech of 'Singing'

I study Gerund and Participle. Here’s a sentence in my textbook: Can you hear Sam singing? What is the part of speech of "Singing"?
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Is 'working' a gerund in the following sentences?

Is 'working' a gerund in the following sentences? My mobile was not working He is working hard to pass the examination
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Parts of speech identification in- 'He must go there in order to sing wonderfully.'

He must go there in order to sing wonderfully In the above sentence, i have a couple of doubts. They are as follows : 1.isnt 'in order to' alone a phrasal preposition (& not subordinate ...
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What is the grammatical term for “by reducing pollutions”?

How would I define the words in bold below? It will improve the environment by reducing pollutions. How to classify this bolded part of the sentence grammatically? I understand that it's used for ...
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“I want him arrested.” Is “arrested” a participle that act as an adjective modifying “him”?

A participle act as an adjective. But adjective mostly come before noun. This sentence only has pronoun. And "arrested" comes after pronoun. If "arrested" does not act as an adjective, What is its ...
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How to find the Part-of-Speech of a word

I want to know is there a dictionary or site to find Part of Speech of a word? For example, when I search "inform" it tells me the meaning of it and the part-of-speech of "inform".
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Is “Everything I should know” a phrase or a clause?

Is "Everything I should know" a phrase or a clause? I think "I should know" is a dependent clause and "Everything" is a pronoun. Pronoun + dependent clause = ?
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What part of speech is “free” in “free of charge“?

"If you reside in this area, you may get it free of charge." (it = a library card) In this sentence, Is "free" adverb or adjective?
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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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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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a 3-hour trip to work--determining the part of speech of “round trip”

I am wondering whether the following forms are all okay: It was a 3-hour round trip to work. It was 3 hours' round trip to work. It was 3 hours round trip to work. I'm sure #1 is correct. What about ...
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What part of speech is “that”?

The fact is that it makes no practical difference. What part of speech is "that" ?
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In which parts of speech this word belongs to?

The most 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲𝗹𝘆 outcome would be 326 votes for Clinton to 212 for Trump. I want to know that the bold word "likely" is in which parts of speech?
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What would “waiting” and “for” be in in terms of parts of speech in this sentence?

The sentence is, > So you have come? I have been anxiously waiting for you "Waiting" in this sentence will be a noun or a verb? I believe it is a verb because it the person is doing something here ...
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What is the function of “pretty” in “pretty inefficient”?

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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What mood/tone is created?

I have to do a talk about an advertisement at school, but I don't know how to answer the following 2 questions: -what mood/tone is created by the video? -how is this mood/tone created? Could someone ...
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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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What sentence element does the “In parallel”?

The value in this property affects only the operations that the current queue has executing at the same time. Other operation queues can also execute their maximum number of operations in parallel....
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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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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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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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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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Is this 'fun' an adjective or noun?

Playing tennis is a lot of fun. Is this a structure of [adjective: a lot of][noun: fun] or [adverb: a lot of][adjective: fun]?
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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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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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What part of speech is “Lend a hand”?

What part of speech is "lend a hand"? I know it is not an idiom or a metaphor because it is literal not symbolic.
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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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“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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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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“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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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 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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