Parts of Speech

Words can be classified into eight parts of speech:

nouns verbs adjectives adverbs
pronouns conjunctions prepositions interjections

Each of these parts of speech has a specific function in a sentence. Learning the names of these parts will probably not make you a better writer, but if you understand their roles in a sentence, you will be able to apply the rules of grammar and mechanics to improve your sentences.

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Parts of Speech Matching Activity

Instructions:
Drag and drop the words of the sentence below on to their correct corresponding parts of speech.
There are a total of thirteen sentences to challenge your knowledge of the different parts of speech.

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Elizabeth
was
a
beautiful
princess.

She
lived
in
a
castle
and
had
expensive
clothes.

She
was
going
to
marry
a
prince
named
Roland.

Unfortunately,
a
dragon
smashed
her
castle,
burned
all
her
clothes
with
his
fiery
breath,
and
carried
off
Prince
Roland.

Elizabeth
decided
to
chase
the
dragon
and
get
Roland
back.

She
looked
everywhere
for
something
to
wear,
but
the
only
thing
she
could
find
that
was
not
burnt
was
a
paper
bag.

So
she
put
on
the
bag
and
followed
the
dragon.

He
was
easy
to
follow,
because
he
left
a
trail
of
burnt
forests
and
horses'
bones.

In
the
morning
it
was
raining.

A
fog
had
come
over
the
mountains.

The
plateau
was
dull
and
gloomy,
and
the
shapes
of
the
trees
and
the
houses
were
changed.

I
walked
out
beyond
the
town
to
look
at
the
weather.

The
bad
weather
was
coming
over
the
mountains
from
the
sea.

Elizabeth was a beautiful princess.
She lived in a castle and had expensive clothes.
She was going to marry a prince named Roland.
Unfortunately, a dragon smashed her castle, burned all her clothes with his fiery breath, and carried off Prince Roland.
Elizabeth decided to chase the dragon and get Roland back.
She looked everywhere for something to wear, but the only thing she could find that was not burnt was a paper bag.
So she put on the bag and followed the dragon.
He was easy to follow, because he left a trail of burnt forests and horses' bones.
In the morning it was raining.
A fog had come over the mountains.
The plateau was dull and gloomy, and the shapes of the trees and the houses were changed.
I walked out beyond the town to look at the weather.
The bad weather was coming over the mountains from the sea.


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For more information on how parts of speech work together to form sentences, check out Bottom Line, Low Anxiety Grammar and Sentence Structure from Empire State College.