Parts of Speech: 8 Parts of Speech in English (with Useful Examples) 1

Parts of Speech: 8 Parts of Speech in English (with Useful Examples)

Parts of Speech! A part of speech is a category of words that have similar grammatical properties. Words that are assigned to the same part of speech generally display similarly—they play similar roles within the grammatical structure of sentences.

Parts of Speech in English

Commonly listed English parts of speech are noun, verb, adjective, adverb, pronoun, preposition, conjunction, interjection (08 parts of speech).

Many English words can belong to more than one part of speech. Words like neigh, break, outlaw, laser, microwave, and telephone might all be either verbs or nouns.

This is a summary of the 8 parts of speech.

Parts of Speech Table

Parts of speech

Functions Example words

Example sentences

Noun a word or lexical item denoting any abstract or concrete entity a person (police officer, Michael), place (coastline, London), thing  (necktie, television), idea (happiness), or quality (bravery) The cat sat on the mat.
Verb a word denoting an action (walk), occurrence (happen), or state of being (be) an action (walk), occurrence (happen), or state of being (be) That idea is interesting
Tell me something interesting.
Adjective a modifier of a noun or pronoun big, brave That’s an interesting idea
Adverb a modifier of an adjective, verb, or other adverbs very, quite Frankly, I don’t believe you
Pronoun a substitute for a noun or noun phrase them, he That reminds me of something.
Preposition a word that relates a noun to another word or phrase in the sentence and aids in syntactic context in, of The cat is in the box
Conjunction syntactic connector; links words, phrases, or clauses and, but He is not only handsome but also brilliant.
Interjection an emotional greeting or exclamation Hurrah, Alas, well Well, that’s great