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What Are the 8 Parts of Speech?

Posted by Sara Richmond   Mar 10, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Quick explanations with simple examples

 

First, what’s the benefit of knowing the parts of speech? Isn’t this just nerd language about language, irrelevant to daily life? Nope. Learning what words do and how to categorize them will result in:

  • Clarity. When you learn the building blocks of language, just like place value and the decimal number system in math, you’ll be less confused. Language becomes more of a friend instead of a stumbling block.
  • Confidence. Once you have the basics down, you’ll be sure of your ability to wield language and stand behind your words.
  • Communication. Armed with this knowledge, you’ll write and speak more effectively.
  • Connections. Understanding the foundations of your own language will enable you to identify correlations in other languages.
  • Conquest. Nothing will stand in your way. You’ll slice your way through every obstacle using only words. All your dreams will come true.*

So, let’s get down to grammatical tacks.

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Topics: adverbs, adjectives, conjunctions, pronouns, verbs, prepositions, parts of speech, Nouns, articles

Don't Confuse Adverbs and Adjectives

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Apr 23, 2014 7:00:00 AM


Adjectives that should be adverbs

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Topics: adverbs, adjectives

To Hyphenate or Not.....

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Feb 26, 2014 6:00:00 AM

If you're an avid reader of our blog posts, then you know all about adverbs that do not end in ly and can be mistaken for adjectives. For example, An ill-clothed baby is correctly hyphenated, since ill is an adverb linked to clothed.

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Topics: hyphenation, adverbs

Super Bowl Party Fodder

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Jan 31, 2014 6:30:00 AM

football playerOK, so the game's a close one and it's the fourth quarter. The chips and salsa are long gone, but the beer and sodas are holding out and the excitement is palpable.

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Topics: adverbs, adjectives

Video: Adverb and Adjective Combinations

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Jul 24, 2013 5:30:00 AM

Phil Jamieson (Founder/President of ProofreadNOW.com) discusses how to properly combine adjectives and adverbs in this GrammarTip video.

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Topics: adverbs, adjectives, GrammarTip video, Video

Right Words, Wrong Words

Posted by Julie DeSilva   Feb 14, 2012 5:30:00 AM

Good - well. Good is an adjective. Well is typically used as an adverb but may be used as an adjective to refer to the state of someone's health.

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Topics: adverbs, adjectives

Adverbs + Participles

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Feb 7, 2012 5:30:00 AM

Many of our blog article topics are inspired by common mistakes we see in documents. Today's post is all about adverbs and participles.

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Topics: hyphenation, participles, adverbs

Do you write really good? Please say it ain't so!

Posted by Julie DeSilva   Sep 27, 2011 5:30:00 AM

Don't "wreck" your writing by misusing adverbs as adjectives, and don't "get lost" misusing adjectives as adverbs.

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Topics: adverbs, adjectives, writing tips

Fun with Adverbs

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Jun 29, 2010 5:00:00 AM

Let's spend some time this week on parts of speech. This post is on the adverb. The fun is in getting them right, and, if your personality is such, helping others with their adverbs.

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Topics: adverbs, adjectives, preposition, parts of speech

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