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What is the role of “It” in this two sentences?

1.It rains quite often here in the summer. 2.It is hard to believe that he is dead. Some clarification will help me to identify the parts of speech of "it" in both sentences.
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what part of speech are deep and purple in the following sentence: she dyed her hair deep purple

Which part of the speech are the words deep and purple in the following sentence? She dyed her hair deep purple.
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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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Is a word by default a verb or noun, or does it not work like that?

How does one determine if a word is a noun or verb, and do words have a default state? Or does it all depend on how the word is engaged with?
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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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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 part of speech is “no” - negative pronoun, adverb or something else?

Is "no" - a negative pronoun, adverb or something else? There was no reply. The song was no strain on her voice. What do you think about this? Negative sentences with introductory "...
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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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Can we really call them adverbs?

Only adv. :as recently as : not before Merely adv. :nothing more than I think 1 is more like a preposition and 2 is a noun+preposition. Both are from a Merriam Webster dictionary.
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In the sentence “if I see him, I will tell him”, what part of speech is 'tell'?

Intuitively, tell is a verb, but a verb that comes after a modal auxiliary is usually a bare infinitive, meaning it is a verbal and doesn't function as an 'actual' verb. Would it be correct to ...
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confusion in tags on Parts-of-speech.Info

I am using the site Parts-of-speech.Info for the self study but I don't understand what these tags mean. Below are three screenshots that show the site's part-of-speech tagging for the sentence "...
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Are parts of speech sharply defined categories? Can a single word be included in different parts of speech?

I have been trying to figure out how words are categorized into parts of speech. The way I understand it, words can only be included into various parts of speech depending on their meaning and usage ...
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Does 'responsible' in 'responsible for' function as a verb or an adverb?

In the sentence "you are responsible for his demise", does 'responsible' function as a verb with object his demise, or does it function as an adverb modifying 'are'?
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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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What kind of adverb is the word “most”?

I am analyzing a sentence where I have this phrase: They are the ones most affected. "Most" here is an adverb, isn't? So, what kind of adverb is it?
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When to use to-be verb and when to not using to-be verb?

I'm still learning Part of Speech and some tenses, but in the basic, I got confused. Like this, "I work" and "I am Work" Why is the one using "am" and the other one is ...
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What type of noun is Majesty?

Consider the sentence, “Your Majesty, I was once the comedian of this court!". What type of noun is Majesty? Is it proper noun or common noun or abstract noun? My friend said that it is abstract ...
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Identify parts of speech

Three statements: It weighs about a pound. about = adjective or preposition?? 'about' here adds information to the noun 'pound'. Therefore I believe it should be an adjective. But in ...
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What part of speech comes after “be better off”?

For example, in a sentence: If you've got bags, you're better off taking a taxi. What part of speech is the "taking a taxi" part? Is it a gerund or a participle? I know the difference ...
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What part of speech is “for” in “For those who don't know, today is my birthday”?

What part of speech is "for" in "For those who don't know, today is my birthday"? I'm 99% sure it's a conjunction.
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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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Which parts of speech do the following words belong to?

Who does he live with? The kids are playing outside. I couldn't find anyone to talk to. She died on the 5th and was buried the day after.
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part of speech of 'much' in 'That's too much of a hassle'

What is the part of speech of 'much' in 'That's too much of a hassle'? While this sounds so simple and basic, the answer could not seem to converge on one. The answer may be (a) a noun, although a ...
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What part of speech is the word “running” in “I kept running”?

What part of speech is the word "running" in "I kept running"? I think it's a noun (gerund) but I'm not totally sure.
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Why is “had” followed by a past participle while “had to” followed by an infinitive?

"Had" is an auxiliary verb, right? In which case it should be followed by an infinitive. Why is it followed by a past participle in that case? Am I mistaken? Example "she had paid" ...
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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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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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What part of speech is 'to marry' in 'I want to marry him'

The first sentence can be paraphrased 'She wants something' which tells me that the infinitive acts as a noun. Can someone explain in detail how to categorise 'to marry' in the second sentence. Does ...
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What would “waiting” and “for” be in in terms of parts of speech in this sentence?

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 i.e. ...
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In the simple sentence “He made her disappear,” what part of speech is “disappear?”

In the simple sentence “He made her disappear,” what part of speech is “disappear?” Could also just be “To make disappear.”
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Is “closed” an adverb or adjective in “pinch your nose closed”?

It is helpful to pinch your nose closed when you have to swallow something that tastes yucky, like cough syrup. In this sentence, how should I understand the word "closed" is it adverb or ...
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Is “exist” a verb here?

Things have moved on since Freud’s day. His emphasis on violent urges and sexual repression as the roots of dreaming now looks old-fashioned. Instead, the premise is that dreams reflect a dreamer’s ...
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Possible grammatical functions of “whole” [closed]

I looked Up "whole" within Longman Dictionary of Contemporary, where it was considered as both "adjective" and "noun" and looked it up within Merriam-Webster Collegiate ...
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Grammatical functions of “Enough”

Which part of speeches "enough" can function as? I looked it up in Longman dictionary and it states that it can function as “pronoun”, “determiner”, and “adverb”. Then I looked it up in ...
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Is it possible to use pronouns before prepositions?

I have a parts of speech worksheet where it asks to use a pronoun before a preposition in a sentence and I don’t think it is possible. Here is the problem: Pronoun / Preposition / Pronoun-Adjective / ...
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“nowhere” and “everywhere”

Can “nowhere” and “everywhere” function as pronoun? I searched for “nowhere” in one dictionary, it was stated that it can function as an “adverb”, “noun”, and “adjective” and in another it was stated ...
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Can “to be”, as a verb, be passive?

I was wondering about sentences such as, for instance, "I am going to be hugged." I assumed "hugged" is a passive verb in this context, but what about the verb "to be"? ...
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Relative pronouns part of speech

”Have you eaten all the cake THAT I made yesterday?” ”That” in this sentence is a relative pronoun that introduces the relative clause (I made yesterday), if I’m not mistaken. But what part of speech ...
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Cowardly - Adjective or Adverb?

In the following sentence, is the word 'cowardly' an adjective or adverb? He acted in a cowardly manner. What I understand is the word cowardly is modifying the verb act. So it should be an adverb. ...
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If adverb is removed the sentence still make sense

I think I found a very useful approach to find an adverb in a sentence by ignoring words one by one in a sentence. E.g., He is too shy. He is too (shy removed, doesn't make sense) He is shy. (Too ...
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What's the part of speech of realize?

In the sentence: it made me happy. I'm pretty sure that happy is an objective complement. But in: it made me realize something. Is it correct to assume that "realize something" is an ...
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“He alleges another £1m had gone on material purchases based on projections of Arcadia orders he was told were coming down the line.”

He alleges another £1m had gone on material purchases based on projections of Arcadia orders he was told were coming down the line. This sentence look like a simple sentence. But here uses, more than ...
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Which part of speech is “to get a thing” a part of?

Consider the following sentence: We had to go to get a book. This is how I identify each word or group of words to its corresponding part of speech: We is the subject of the sentence. had is the ...
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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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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 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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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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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'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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