Parts of Speech
Chapter 10 - Identification of Parts of Speech
Now that you have learned all the parts of speech, you can identify the words in a sentence. This chapter will give you some clues that will make identification easier.
First of all, a word can
be more than one part of speech and you have
to look at how the word works in a particular sentence to know what part
of speech it is. The chart below shows examples of words that
have more than one part of speech.
|can||I think I can do it.||verb|
|can||Don't open that can of beans.||noun|
|only||This is my only pen.||adjective|
|only||He was only joking.||adverb|
|his||That book is his.||pronoun|
|his||That is his book.||adjective|
|English||Can you speak English?||noun|
|English||I am reading an English novel.||adjective|
The verb is the heart of a sentence, so it
is a good idea to identify the verb first when looking at a sentence.
Verbs can be recognized through:
past tense ending (looked)
3rd person singular ending (says)
auxiliary verb (will see)
modal verb (can hear)
There are also verb endings or suffixes that can help you recognize verbs. Some common verb endings are listed in the chart below.
Review this lesson as many times as you want, and when you are ready, take the comprehensive quiz.
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