A good content is made of basic elements such as words, sentences, and paragraphs. Words used in language are classified based on their function in a sentence. In English grammar, these classes of words are known as the parts of speech.

Generally, there are eight different parts of speech one must be familiar with in order to use words correctly and effectively in writing.

Familiarize yourself with The Parts of Speech

The following are the eight parts of speech every writer should know. Learning how to use them in a sentence will help them to create compelling and high-quality content.

1.         Noun

A noun is a word that names a person, animal, place, object, event, quality or idea and action. Simply put, it is a word that tells what you are talking about. Below are some examples.

Person:  teacher, children, Sarah, John

Animal: puppy, mammal, mosquito

Place: school, village, New York City

Object: book, table, movie

Event: party, meeting, Halloween

Quality or Idea: success, beauty, justice

Action: swimming, writing, eating

Underlined words in the following sentences are nouns.

James is driving his new luxury car.

This song reminds me of summer.

2.         Pronoun

A pronoun is a word that takes the place of a noun to avoid its repetition in sentences. The prefix pro means for, therefore pronoun means for a noun and like a noun. It can also function as subject or object in a sentence. Some commonly used pronouns are: I, my, he, she, him, her, they, their, them, we, our, your, what, who, it, this, that, each, both, everyone, anybody, etc.

Examples:

Sally is practicing her dance for the party tomorrow.

What will be your stand in the issue?

3.         Verb

A verb expresses action or state of being. It is the part of speech that can make a statement about the subject.  However, it is not always a single word. It may be composed of two or more words called a verb phrase.

Here are examples of verbs used in sentences.

My father drinks coffee and reads the newspaper every morning.

Those tulips will be delivered to the flower shop on Monday.

4.        Adjective

An adjective describes or modifies a noun or pronoun. It is a word that adds new ideas to a noun or pronoun.

Examples:

The famous band gained a loud applause from their audience.

Those green leaves radiate a relaxing feeling.

5.         Adverb

An adverb describes or modifies a verb, an adjective or another adverb.  They usually answer the questions when, where, how, in what manner or to what extent.

Examples:

This website is updated daily.

That movie’s last part is a little disturbing.

6.        Preposition

A preposition shows the relationship that exists between words in a sentence, specifically, nouns and pronouns.  Some commonly used prepositions are above, across, among, at, between, before, below, beside, during, for, from, in, into, of, on, to, toward, under, until, upon, with, etc.

Examples:

We held a camp fire beside the beach and under the starry night sky.

You will get a reward from your superior.

7.         Conjunction

A conjunction is basically a connecting word. It joins words, phrases or clauses together to convey meaning and complete thought.

Examples:

Sheldon is a hilarious but intelligent man.

Go to bed early if you want to wake up early.

My mother loves to try new adventures however, she’s afraid of riding a plane.

8.        Interjection

An interjection is an exclamatory word. It is a word that expresses a strong feeling or sudden emotion.  Interjections are independent and do not have grammatical relation to other words in the sentence.

Examples:

Hey! Are you serious?

I fell down the stairs! Ouch!

Getting Better in English Communication Skills

English communication skills do not only revolve in writing and correct grammar usage. There’s more to it, thus, if you would love to enhance more of your skills, be ready. Start to get well-rounded with the parts of speech.

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