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Definitions of Parts of Speech

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nounA word that names a person, place, thing, or idea.
common nounA word that names an ordinary noun.
proper nounA word that names a specific noun.
pronounA word that takes the place of a noun.
adjectiveA word that modifies (describes) a noun or pronoun.
proper adjectiveA word formed from a proper noun.
adverbA word that modifies (describes) a verb, adjective, or adverb.
verbA word that shows action or state of being.
helping verbA word that helps the main verb.
linking verbA word that links the subject to a noun, pronoun, or adjective in the predicate.
prepositionA word that shows the relationship of a noun or pronoun to another word in the sentence.
conjunctionA word that joins words or groups of words.
articleThe adjectives A, AN, THE.
interjectionAn exclamatory word that expresses emotion. It stands alone - away from the rest of the sentence.
adjectiveAnswers the questions: What kind? Which one? How many?
adverbAnswers the questions: How? When? Where? To what degree or extent?

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