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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“nearby” (close by) as an adjective, a preposition, or an adverb

Would you show me if there could be any potential difference semantically between the two? Please, would you possibly take into account the bounds of possibility that the word "nearby" in the ...
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The ambiguous “he is buried”

In a sentence taken from the Oxford Dictionary: ‘The inscription on his tombstone in Groombridge Church, where he is buried alongside his three children, bears his original name and no reference to ...
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What is the meaning of 'N-SING' in the Collins COBUILD dictionary?

N-SING represents singular noun according to the explanation in the Collins COBUILD dictionary. Can I interpret it as a noun that is countable but unable to be used in plural form and only able to be ...
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In the sentence, “I don't know why, but …”, is “why” a noun?

I don't know why, but there's something I don't like about that woman. In this sentence, is "why" a noun? If not, what is it? I can understand the meaning, but I am confused about the use of "why".
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What kind of sentence constituent is “a little”?

Tell me a little about yourself. I have got two explanations of "a little": "a little" functions as a pronoun. It means "something" or "a few things" "a little" serves as an adverb of degree, ...
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Is the term “preposition phrase” replacing “prepositional phrase”?

I've noticed of late that the term preposition phrase is being preferred to prepositional phrase. Is this a movement or an idiosyncrasy?
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Can we say “little salty”?

"The soup is a little salty" - means the soup is saltier than the average. I heard this before so I guess it is correct. What is the part of speech of "a little"? Can we say "the soup is little salty"...
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'otherwise' vs 'or else'

otherwise = (adverb) 1. In circumstances different from those present or considered; or else: or else = (What part of speech???) 1.1. In circumstances different from those mentioned: Does the ...
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What part of speech is “before” in the phrase “before we meet again”?

Identify the part of speech of the word in bold: It will be five years before we meet again. 4 options: Preposition Adverb Conjuction Adjective Now, According to my knowledge, "before" is an ...
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Is even a preposition/conjunction?

No one can do it , even him. I've always thought that "even" can function as both preposition and conjunction in that it can be followed by noun phrases or dependent clauses. But dictionaries only ...
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What kind of noun is “language”?

Exactly what kind of a noun is "language" in this metaphorical sentence? Music is beautiful language.
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Is “X of Y” a more official statement than “Y's X”?

For example the building's history History of the building
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Is “very much” an adverb or an adjective?

I would like to know what "very much" is in terms of grammatical classification. Is it an adjective, adverb or other part of speech?
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Is Vietnamese a noun or an adjective?

If I say I am Vietnamese. Is Vietnamese a noun or an adjective? According to OALD, Vietnamese can be a noun or an adjective. If it’s a noun, why don’t we say I am a Vietnamese? Because its meaning is ...
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How to parse“ Thanks a lot”?

Thanks a lot. Is "Thanks" a verb or a noun? If it is a noun, how can "a lot" behind it modify "thanks"? If it is a verb, why is there an "s" at the end of the word?
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Is “murder” a noun or verb in “Mr Putin is guilty of conspiracy to murder”?

From The Telegraph's live feed on the ruling in the Litvinenko case: Emmerson says report findings mean Mr Putin is guilty of conspiracy to murder and should be held to account. Is this word ...
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In what ways can this song phrase be grammatically parsed? (From “Close to the Edge” by Yes)

In the song, Close to the Edge by Yes (click link to see lyrics), there is a line that I don't understand how to parse grammatically to make sense of it: "And assessing points to nowhere, leading ...
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Sentence constructors and parts

What are all the parts a sentence can be made of? Noun, verb, adjective, pronoun, adverb etc. And what is a short description of the function of each? I know these can be found online and in text ...
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Parts of Speech of: come+ verbing

He came walking He came waving both hands He came yelling And They left crying Do you parse walking, waving, yelling and crying as verbs? If not, what would you parse them as? Edit: ...
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Is “running” a gerund here?

In this following sentence: The boy is running? Is the word "running" a gerund? If so, why does this make sense? Why does the sentence structurally make sense?
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What is the tense of the following sentence? “They are married”

What is the tense of the following sentence? They are married. and what is the part of speech for the word "married"? is it Adjective or Past Verb
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What is this “to?”

We were driven into our rooms to shelter us from the spray of the sea. What is this to?