The Eight Parts Of Speech

Looking to brush up on your English skills, write your next big novel, or just survive your next college level writing course? Have no fear. Learning the 8 parts of speech will you get through in no time at all. Having an understanding of simple grammar will give you a foundation for good writing in all areas of your life. The best part is, its pretty easy. Lets get started.


A noun is the name for a person, place, thing, or concepts.

-The cat sat on the mat.

-Please hand in your assignments by the end of the week.

-Cleanliness is next to Godliness.

-George Washington was the first president of the United States of America.

-Please complete this assignment with black or blue pen only, and keep your eyes on you own paper.


A pronoun is a word used in place of a noun.

-I love you.

-That reminds me of something.

-He looked at them.

-Take it or leave it.

-Who would say such a thing.


A verb is an action, including the act of being.

-I washed the car yesterday.

-The dog ate the homework.

-John studies English and french.


Adjectives are modifiers. They tell us more about a noun or pronoun.

-That's an interesting idea.

-That ideas is interesting.

-Tell me something interesting.

-The good, the bad, and the ugly.


Adverbs are also modifiers. They tell us more about the action (or verb) in the sentence.

-I found that film incredibly dull.

-Crabs are known for walking sideways.

-However, I shall not eat fried eggs again.


Prepositions are words that connect nouns or pronouns to other words in the sentence. Some of the most common prepositions include “to”,”about”,”as”,”after”,”with”,”at”,”off”.


Conjunctions join words,phrases, or clauses. They also identify relation between these words, phrases, and clauses. The most common are the FANBOYS. (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so) Others would include because, therefore, and furthermore.


Interjections are expressive words. A few example of this would be Ouch! Wow! Or Goodness gracious, great balls of fire!


It is important to note that while there are 8 parts of speech, it doesn't mean that one word will always be the same part of speech. Its greatly depends on the sentence structure.

This should get your started. Once you have an understanding of the eight parts of speech and can identify them in your works, you will be well on your way to becoming a skilled writer.