I can only figure about half of this one out:
Your assignment is to go back and label the parts of speech of each word in this paragraph. The only ones which you do not know are articles (a/the) and determiners (these/those/this/that).
There are: nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, prepositions, and conjunctions.
She strode to a door in the far corner of the office, opened it, and called a name. A boy appeared in the doorway. He sat down at one end off the table. He was brown like us, a plump kid with shiny black hair combed straight back, neat, cool, and faintly obnoxious.
I only know what nouns, verbs, and adjectives are, and have a vague idea on pronouns, adverbs, and conjunctions. No clue what prepositions are.
Could someone explain them to me? I tried Google but it doesn't make much sense.... Thanks in advance....
English (8th Grade) - Ms. Sue, Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 12:13pm
The first site gives good descriptions of all of the parts of speech.
The definition of preposition is difficult to understand. I suggest you keep a list of the common prepositions handy. Then learn to recognize prepositional phrases; they start with a preposition and end with a noun or pronoun.
by the back door
from Harry and Peggy
under the rose bush
toward a strange woman
Here's a list of prepositions:
English (8th Grade) - Writeacher, Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 12:15pm
The best way to understand what prepositions are is simply to memorize the words. Fortunately that's pretty easy!
Notice all the words in blue in the quoted paragraph.
Here's another article that explains them well: http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/prepositions.htm
Mainly pay attention to the words in the first paragraph.
This should help with various types of words that you've been assigned to identify.
And another: http://www.leasttern.com/Grammar/humbuggrammar.html
And yet another: http://www.chompchomp.com/terms.htm
English (8th Grade) - Leez, Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 12:17pm
Thank you so much!
English (8th Grade) - GuruBlue, Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 12:28pm
A quick suggestion about prepositions.
I used to tell my student, "Any word that shows the relationship between a rabbit and a hill." Examples:
the rabbit "on" the hill, "by" the hill, "near" the hill, "below" the hill, "under" the hill. etc.
This is just a little "trick" that helps remember.