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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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*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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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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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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“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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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 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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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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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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