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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.
Part of Speech
canI think I can do it.verb
canDon't open that can of beans.noun
onlyThis is my only pen.adjective
onlyHe was only joking.adverb
hisThat book is his.pronoun
hisThat is his book.adjective
EnglishCan you speak English?noun
EnglishI 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.

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1)  Which does not belong with the others?

September March Wednesday October April

2)  Which does not belong with the others?
apple cherry peach lettuce lemon

3)  Which does not belong with the others?
car radio train airplane bus

4)  Which does not belong with the others?
woman mother daughter aunt cousin

5) Which does not belong with the others?
adjective article category pronoun adverb

6)  Which is not a part of speech?

conjunction noun preposition verb classification

7)  Which philosopher is known for classifying animals and words?
Socrates Pythagoras Aristotle Diogenes Heraclitus

8)  Which word means to put into categories?

belongexplain classify name 

9)  Which of the following is the name of the category that the other words belong to?
philosophy history geography math subject

10)  Which is a part of speech?

subject preposition object imperative clause 

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