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The Eight Parts of Speech With
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
• 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
• 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!