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The Eight Parts of Speech With Baseball Evan Gilman and Clayton Wilms The Noun • Definition: The part of speech that is used to name a person, place, thing, quality, or action and can function as the subject or object of a verb, the object of a preposition, or an appositive. • Little roller up along first, behind the bag, and it gets through Buckner! • The umpire has found some cork in Sosa’s broken bat! The Pronoun • Definition: The part of speech that substitutes for nouns or noun phrases and designates persons or things asked for, previously specified, or understood from the context. • I can’t believe I am holding this legendary ball in my own hands. • He went all out to make that diving catch. The Verb • Definition: The part of speech that expresses existence, action, or occurrence in most languages. • I can’t believe he climbed to the top of the wall and caught that ball. • He really knows how to hit. The Adverb • Definition: The part of speech that modifies a verb, adjective, or other adverb. • He had to react very quickly to catch that ball. • He looked back at the umpire immediately. The Adjective • Definition: The part of speech that modifies a noun or other substantive by limiting, qualifying, or specifying and distinguished in English morphologically by one of several suffixes, such as -able, -ous, -er, and -est, or syntactically by position directly preceding a noun or nominal phrase. • He ran fast and slid far to catch the baseball. • His steady head and quick bat earned him a hit. The Preposition • Definition: A word or phrase placed typically before a substantive and indicating the relation of that substantive to a verb, an adjective, or another substantive, as English at, by, with, from, and in regard to. • He blew the call at first base! • Ripken crushed the ball to left field. The Conjunction • Definition: The part of speech that serves to connect words, phrases, clauses, or sentences. • He caught the ball and gunned out the base runner. • He could have just tagged third base, but he threw it to first instead. The Interjection • Definition: The part of speech that usually expresses emotion and is capable of standing alone. • Yes! That ball is out of here! • What! He was definitely safe!