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Mr. Davis's Guide to Grammar: The Basic Parts of Speech

Basic Parts of Speech

Every time you write or speak, you use nouns, verbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and other parts of the English language. Knowing how to use these parts of speech can help you speak more eloquently, write more clearly, and feel more confident when communicating with others.  Click on the links in the left hand toolbar or in the text below to find more information on the basic parts of speech.  There are also links to useful resources located at the bottom of the page to help you better understand the rules of grammar.   

  • Noun: names a person, place, thing, idea (Lulu, jail, cantaloupe, loyalty, and so on)


  • Pronoun: takes the place of a noun (he, who, I, what, and so on)


  • Verb: expresses action or being (scrambled, was, should win, and so on)


  • Adjective: describes a noun or pronoun (messy, strange, alien, and so on)


  • Adverb: describes a verb, adjective, or other adverb (willingly, woefully, very, and so on)


  • Preposition: relates a noun or a pronoun to another word in the sentence (by, for, from, and so on)


  • Conjunction: ties two words or groups of words together (and, after, although, and so on)


  • Interjection: expresses strong emotion (yikes! wow! ouch! and so on)


Useful Links and Resources

  • Daily Grammar Lessons and Activities: this site consists of a MULTITUDE of lessons and activities devoted to grammar.  Use this site to make reference to terms, concepts, and for practice for your classroom activities.
  • Daily Grammar Glossary of Terms: this site contains a long list of definitions and terms associated with grammar.
  • Grammar for Dummies: this site serves as a cheat sheet of information for the basics of grammar.
  • Grammar Bytes: this website is chocked full of interactive grammar and writing exercises.  Chomp! Chomp!


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