Questions tagged [parts-of-speech]

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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 this a subjective complement or an adverbial clause of comparison?

He is as clever as I am. Is 'As clever as I am' an adverbial clause of comparison functioning as an adverbial adjunct, or is it the subjective complement to the verb 'is'? If the last case is true, ...
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What is tea called in the sentence?

Drinking tea is good for health. What is the function and name of the part of speech tea in the sentence given below. Drinking tea is good for health. Some grammarians say that tea is the object of ...
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Around into something

[Around into my field of vision] came an eye. link of source He comes [around into my field of vision]. 1) In these sentences, what part of speech is "around"? preposition or adverb? 2) ...
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Why is “inline” a noun here?

Inline elements are things like an italic tag, or a bold tag. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/inline#Noun Why is it not an adjective? Doesn't it refer to the property of "element"?
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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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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 difference between these sentences including present participle?

What is the difference between these sentences including present participle? The running car has no batteries. The car (which is) running has no batteries.
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Adverb or preposition

Is behind used as a preposition, or as an adverb? I tried using it as a preposition, but I felt there was something wrong and the sentence didnt feel right.
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Using “to be” instead of “being”

Is the word "being" used here as a gerund? If so, can I use infinitive (to be) here? She has a conception of people as being basically good.
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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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Grammatical function of “all”

I wonder what’s the grammatical function of “all” in the following sentence? “We all felt ill after the meal.” “All” can function as four different grammatical roles, I mean: adverb, determiner, ...
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What is 'but' in “nothing but”?

"It did nothing but make us ridiculous." It means : "It did nothing but It did make us ridiculous." Here, 'but' seems to be a conjunction. But I know, 'but' is a preposition (meaning 'except') in ...
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what's the part of speech of “nothing but”?

I am curious what the part of speech of "nothing but" is. I have some examples: We could see nothing but fog. nothing but the best will do. In my opinion, there's no difference between "nothing but" ...
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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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“Reschedule” as a noun

Is it correct to use "reschedule" as a noun? We apologize for the reschedule. No dictionary defines the word as a noun. Yet, the sentence above is from a test writing assignment...
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Use of 'the' after 'of'

What's the reason behind NOT using 'the' in these cases? I thought use of 'the' specifies the case about smth. 1) The number of THE CATS in my neighbourhood has increased. (there is literally no ...
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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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What are the parts of speech for as, so, such?

When thus gentle, Bessie seemed to me the best, prettiest, kindest being in the world; and I wished most intensely that she would always be so pleasant and amiable, and never push me about, or scold, ...
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How to identify an 'adjective' in a sentence?

I'm preparing for an exam which will test the candidate's ability to identify different parts of speech. I know a word can work as different parts of speech based on its meaning in the sentence. But ...
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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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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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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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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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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 “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 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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