The 8 Parts of Speech

Kevin Kessler

Staff Writer at Grammar Gang
Kevin is a staff writer for Grammar Gang. He's also a professional wrestler and puppeteer in his free time (although, not at the same time).

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    The English language kinda… sucks.

    Is it “to,” “two,” or “too”?

    Is it “then” or “than”?

    Word choice often comes down to those little nuances that separate one correct usage from another.

    All of these words are correct in different circumstances. The hard part is understanding all of that context based on the parts of speech.

    Different words can mean different things based on where it’s placed or how it’s used. The overall sentence and words around one word, then, can change that one word’s meaning.

    A greater understanding of the parts of speech means you’ll instantly know whether a word is grammatically correct.

    Noun

    Nouns are the basic building blocks of sentences. The people, places, and things that explain what is happening, who it’s happening to, and why the reader should give a $#!^.

    Read more: What is a noun?

    Verb

    Verbs are what nouns do. They see, sit, swing, or saunter.

    Read more: What is a verb?

    Adjective

    Adjectives make nouns less dull. They’re the color on a blank canvas. They explain how things look or seem or sound or taste.

    Read more: What is an Adjective?

    Adverb

    Adverbs are used to describe everything from verbs to adjectives and even other adverbs.

    Read more: What is an Adverb?

    Preposition

    Prepositions help join nouns or pronouns with the rest of a sentence.

    Read more: What is a Preposition?

    Conjunction

    Conjunctions join similar ideas, thoughts, or concepts. They’re often used to join two simple sentences to make one, complex one.

    Read more: What is a Conjunction?

    Interjection

    Interjections interject. They interrupt or exclaim and convey powerful emotions (either positively or negatively).

    Read more: What is an Interjection?

    Conclusion