Questions tagged [parts-of-speech]

The tag has no usage guidance.

0
votes
0answers
40 views

What part of speech is 'Hearing' in these sentences?

"Hearing the voice, the boy woke up" "The boy woke up hearing the voice" What is 'hearing' in these sentences?
-2
votes
1answer
31 views

Give/insert a pronoun [closed]

I have come across a question in a book. Please explain the solution. The statement is as follows: The city_________ is very large. (Give a pronoun).
2
votes
0answers
28 views

What part of speech is 'put' in the expression 'stay put'?

A previous question asked the same of 'warm' in 'stay warm' but the single answer was not very satisfying to me and also 'put' is not the same as 'warm' even if, as the answer suggests, 'you' is ...
-2
votes
1answer
30 views

What these parts of speech symbols mean in this word list [closed]

This word list has these strange symbols for parts of speech which I can't find documentation on. Wondering if one could list out what they mean. a: the (?) v: be (verb) c: and (conjunction) i: of (?)...
0
votes
0answers
49 views

from high enough

because he hadn’t jumped off from high enough. I wonder whether high in the sentence is an adjective? or a noun? As far as I know, a preposition should be followed by a noun (-- group).
0
votes
0answers
17 views

What does “self temporarily” mean? [migrated]

This is the whole paragraph I’m having trouble with: His uncle backhanded him so hard across his left cheek that Isaac’s sense of self temporarily broke upon the ground on which his body fell. ...
0
votes
2answers
36 views

What adjectives can be used as adverbs? [duplicate]

Are the following sentences acceptable to native speakers? I want it so bad. The children grew up happy and healthy. Jimmy works hard. He followed her quick. What adjectives can be used as adverbs? ...
1
vote
1answer
42 views

What part-of-speech is “all” in these sentences?

These different dictionarys don't agree about what part-of-speech "all" is when it goes between subject and verb: For Cambridge dictionary is an adverb The kids all go to school on the same bus. ...
-1
votes
0answers
13 views

atom state or atomic state: compound nouns

Consider the sentence X is derived from the atom state. My confusion is about the use of the word atom in front of state. Is this form ok, or is the correct form rather atomic state? Perhaps both are ...
0
votes
1answer
41 views

Can 'smart home' and similar phrases be adjectives if followed by a noun, or do they become complements? [closed]

I'm having some confusion here as I've been tasked with checking that some texts fit a style guide for work, and it requires that two adjectives directly preceding a noun be hyphenated, e.g. 'well-...
0
votes
0answers
46 views

“Too short a time” or “Too short of a time”? [duplicate]

What is the correct phrase to be used among these two: Too short a time Or Too short of a time Which one is correct for daily English usage?
0
votes
2answers
76 views

What part of speech is “mountain” in the sentence “Avalanches are dangerous to mountain climbers.”? [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand the grammar of this sentence: Avalanches are dangerous to mountain climbers. What part of speech is the word mountain?
3
votes
2answers
101 views

In “You did me wrong”, is “wrong” an adverb or some other part of speech instead?

Consider: You did me wrong. In that sentence, is wrong an adverb or some other part of speech? I don’t understand the syntactic construction being used here.
1
vote
1answer
47 views

Is “minus your points” a valid phrase?

Suppose that a teacher says I will minus your points if you cheat. To mean "I will deduct your points." Here, minus is apparently used as a verb. Checking out the dictionaries, it can be seen that ...
1
vote
1answer
40 views

“Why is it that…” relative clause? [closed]

It would be great if someone could explain this sentence structure to me: "Why is it that you don't like me?" I don't understand how all of the components come together. What is the link between it ...
1
vote
1answer
43 views

Is there a specific term to refer to a word associated with specific part of speech?

I'm looking for a term I can use to refer to words tagged with a specific part of speech. Let's say the word run may be used as a verb and as a noun. So, run (n) and run (v) are ... of word run. Is ...
1
vote
2answers
174 views

How do you determine if a pre-modifying past participle is a verb or an adjective?

How do you determine if a past participle--when used as a pre-modifier of a noun--is a verb or an adjective? For example: a. I saw a broken vase. b. I saw a murdered man. I think broken in a....
0
votes
1answer
38 views

How to identify a phrasal verb + object from a verb + prepositional phrase

In sentences with the combination “verb + preposition + noun phrase” is there a procedure to identify whether it is a phrasal verb + object or a verb + prepositional phrase? or does it solely depend ...
-1
votes
1answer
27 views

Adverb or something “else”?

What exactly is the functionality of else (as in "something else")? Does it always modify an action? Does it also sometimes qualify a noun? Most common dictionaries seem content with defining ...
5
votes
5answers
983 views

What is the gram­mat­i­cal term for “‑ed” words like these?

In English we say things like: a cal­i­brated de­vice a dis­trib­uted prod­uct a founded com­pany a de­stroyed house Those ‑ed words there all sig­nify that some verb (here re­spec­tively cal­i­...
2
votes
1answer
48 views

How would pretty be classified in this sentence [duplicate]

The sentence is "You look pretty tonight". I believe that pretty would be an adjective as it's referring to "You". However in the sentence "You look pretty gorgeous tonight" I believe that pretty ...
1
vote
2answers
100 views

What part of speech is “handsome” in the following sentence [closed]

What part of speech is handsome in the sentence: The bridegroom looked so handsome.
0
votes
1answer
58 views

What part of speech is the word hair in 'hair spray'? [duplicate]

Consider the following sentence as an example. I used some hair spray. What part of speech is hair? Intuitively, I want to say it's an adjective modifying spray since hair spray is two separate words ...
2
votes
1answer
82 views

Words with multiple parts of speech

What is it called when a word can serve more than one part of speech? 'Aggregate', for example, can be used as a Noun, an Adjective, or a Verb.
2
votes
1answer
195 views

Can I use 'quiet' as a verb in BrE?

Can I use the word 'quiet' as a verb in BrE (as opposed to N. American)? If I can, how is it conjugated? The phrase I am looking to write is, "I wish to quiet my mind". Should it be 'quieten'? That ...
0
votes
2answers
35 views

What will be the best word in this situation? [closed]

He knew it was a very ___ operation but he was determined to carry it out. Available options are: a) Difficult b) Dangerous c) Risky d) Troublesome It seems that all the options are valid. Could ...
2
votes
1answer
93 views

For the linguists among us: I like loud singing vs I like singing loudly

Can you explain why using "loud" as either an adjective or an adverb changes the meaning of the sentence. Is it just an English convention, or is there something deeper going on? I like loud singing =...
1
vote
2answers
47 views

Does a ver­bal noun turn back into a verb when mod­ified by an ad­verb? [duplicate]

Here singing is a noun: I like singing. But what about here? I like singing loudly. Loudly is still an ad­verb, right? But singing is still be­hav­ing like a noun, right? So which is it, a noun ...
0
votes
1answer
31 views

What does “by all constitutional means” mean in this context?

This is an extract from a speech Churchill made in 1947. Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or ...
-1
votes
1answer
41 views

What is a phrase like “in my house” called?

What is the grammatical name and function of the clause in bold: They were in my house when the thieves broke in.
5
votes
2answers
246 views

“Equals” - a verb or not?

I was checking out the usage of the word "equal" as a verb on the Merriam-Webster website. Under the "Recent Examples on the Web: Verb" section, I stumbled upon this peculiar quotation: "That map ...
2
votes
2answers
208 views

How is “iff” different from “if”

So I just discovered iff thinking it was a typo. But after looking it up and reading other answers on here it is a valid contraction of words if and only if. Much like XOR in a mathematical domain. ...
2
votes
2answers
113 views

“To hunt is my favorite pastime.” What part of speech is “to hunt” in this sentence?

The function of infinitives seems to be up for grabs at the last post I commented at. I either need to be schooled or my interlocutors do. May your answers bring some clarity. These are your choices....
1
vote
2answers
111 views

What is the part of speech is “the door” in the sentence below?

Grammatically speaking what is "the door" in the following sentence? To answer the door, she pulled it open. Is it a modifier?
2
votes
1answer
59 views

What is the name for noun phrases similar to “pound of flesh?”

In English, we commonly make noun phrases in the form "X of Y" where we're describing that "X" is comprised of "Y" - pound of flesh, sack of meat, lump of coal, and so on. I think I understand the ...
0
votes
2answers
37 views

“Including” disambiguation [closed]

This sentence is from Wikipedia: A website is a collection of related web pages, including multimedia content, typically identified with a common name, and published on at least one web server. Is ...
2
votes
1answer
76 views

Is a dummy pronoun missing in this sentence? What is this grammatical phenomenon?

This sentence from Walden by Henry David Thoreau strikes me as unusual. I sat at a table where were rich food and wine in abundance, and obsequious attendance, but sincerity and truth were not; and ...
2
votes
0answers
111 views

Why the sad face?

A previous question (What part of speech is 'why' ?) asked what function 'why' was playing when it is used with a verb. But 'why' can be used without a verb. Why the sad face ? So what is it ...
1
vote
1answer
39 views

What part of speech is “do not,” in, "Dude, if you do not sweep the floor, then…'

So, i'm doing a project for school, writing a letter, and figuring out what part of speech each word is, and i'm having difficulty with "do not" and "to take" in, "I will start 'to take' more of your ...
4
votes
1answer
120 views

What part of speech is “back” in “If you want it back”?

If you want it back ... I'm doing a school project and need to figure out parts of speech in my letter that I wrote, but, I dont know what "back" is, can anyone help?
4
votes
3answers
522 views

Are articles pronouns?

I'd like to know whether articles are a kind of pronoun. I believe that "a/an" should be an indefinite pronoun because "a" is similar to "any", and "the" should be a definite pronoun. For example: ...
1
vote
1answer
31 views

Is this a list inside a nonrestrictive parenthetical or something else?

In the sentence Several women, some as young as eighteen, others in late middle age, could be seen scrambling up the mountain. It looks like some and others are being used as pronouns. It's a fine ...
2
votes
2answers
112 views

Can we use “soar” as a noun?

Is this sentence grammatically right:"In 2030, petrol and oil are expected to see a soar in its consumption and still maitain its leading position". I have looked up the word "soar" in several ...
0
votes
2answers
66 views

Parts of speech in sentence “Amber is a real person” [closed]

Specifically I am wondering about the word "person" in the sentence, because at first thought I believed it was a common noun but it is qualifying a proper noun, so I am confused if it is a noun or a ...
1
vote
3answers
496 views

What part-of-speech is “running” in this example?

What part-of-speech is "running" in the following example? The car comes with daytime running lights. Is it a noun, verb (gerung), adjective, or something else?
-1
votes
3answers
223 views

What part of speech is “while” in “We will rest for a while”?

What part of speech is while in "We will rest for a while."? My teacher says while is a noun, but I feel that it is an adverb, as it comes as an answer to the question "We will rest for how much ...
5
votes
1answer
122 views

What part of speech is 'soaking' in 'soaking wet'?

In the sentence, "I am soaking wet", 'I' is the noun, 'am' is the verb, 'wet' is the adjective, and 'soaking' describes the extent of 'wet'. So would 'soaking' be classified as a "helping adjective", ...
2
votes
2answers
97 views

Adverb versus Adjective in -minded people

I am currently running for the Board of Education in my little town and am working on my candidate statement for the election handbook that the Department of Elections produces. I sent what I had to ...
1
vote
0answers
59 views

Are these word adjectives or pronouns?

There is an exercise in my grammar book that asks to identify the type of pronoun in a sentence (personal, possessive, relative, demonstrative, indefinite, interrogative, reciprocal or reflexive). In ...
1
vote
0answers
48 views

Is there any easy way to detect assertive, interrogative and other sentences

I am looking for any specific series of rules or structures to detect assertive, interrogative and other sentences like wh-type question + subject + be verb + obj. etc.