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Questions tagged [parts-of-speech]

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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 ...
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What parts of speech are “for reserving” and “a court” in this sentence?

In this sentence, "Thanks for reserving a court", what parts of speech are "for reserving" and "a court", respectively? Been racking my brain & can't figure it out.
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A few miles into the town — verbless clause, or adverbial phrase?

A few miles into the town, I saw a beautiful building that was now abandoned. I don't know if "a few miles into the town" is a verbless clause like this (Being) a few miles into the town, I saw a ...
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What is the classification of the words such as “group of”, “bundle of”, “number of” and also the right form of verb after using this words?

First example: A bundle of roses is the most beautiful thing one can have in the morning. A bundle of roses are the most beautiful thing ... Second example: The number of books are ...
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Marked - adjective vs. verb

In the sentence, "She took a hair from the box that was marked "Big Hex"." is marked a verb or adjective? And can you explain why?
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What is the proper past and present tense of using shrink wrap and why?

I'm an esl person and am wondering what the best phrasing of this 'shrink-wrap' word is. past tense: I shrink-wrapped the food. I shrunk-wrapped the food. I shrunk shrink-wrap around the food. I ...
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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....
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Category of the First Term in the Partitive Construction

Are the words in bold type in the following sentences determiners? One of the books was written by X I want two of those 8 percent of the population has X I ate some of that cake In a treatise ...
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Like as a preposition and prepositional phrase sub categorization rules

I'm trying to figure out how the sentence "My hands are shaking like crazy," breaks down into lexical categories. I know "like" can function as a preposition, meaning "similar to", but I'm not sure if ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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...
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What is a quote in terms of parts of speach?

What role does a quote play in sentence? what part of speech applies to it? Can it be the direct or indirect object? For example: 1) "The baby said 'mama'" 2) "He called them 'bad people'"
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The difference between “parts of speech”, “word classes”, “word categories”?

As a foreign language speaker, I find it hard to distinguish these terms. I've searched on the net; on wikipedia, on grammar.about.com, and some other pages, yet still having difficulties. One just ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 =...
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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 ...
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“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....
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Building a phrase structure of “On the weekend …”

I'm reading Foundations of Statistical Natural Language Processing, and I'm doing one of the early exercises, trying to work out some of the language infliction about the word 'fun'. On the ...
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What part of speech is the word “entire” in “over the little garden field entire”?

The sentence is: "After a while she got up from where she was and went over the little garden field entire." A quote from Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. I want to know if the ...
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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.
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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 ...
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“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 ...
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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. ...
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Can “Christ­mas” be used as an ad­jec­tive in “Christ­mas-col­ored”?

I was just won­der­ing whether I can write: Christ­mas-col­ored stock­ings I know that Christ­mas can be a mod­i­fier as in Christ­mas gift, but can it be used as an ad­jec­tive in Christ­mas-col­...
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How many parts of speech can a word be at the same time?

ᴛʟᴅʀ: Is it ever possible for a sentence to have a word in it that is simultaneously more than one single part of speech in that sentence under the same parse and meaning? (For example, a few ...
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Are there any word types in English that don't fall into one of these 5 functional categories?

(And I suppose the logical follow-up question is - are there any functions words take that are not included in these 5 categories?) 1) deliver specific content/ meaning adjective adverb noun verb ...
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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?
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What part of speech does “fledgling” have in the following sentence?

"Murray has years of experience in family practice, but he is just a fledgling in surgery." In the above sentence, is fledgling a noun or an adjective? Or, is it both? Is that why both noun and ...
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“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 ...
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What part of speech is “why” in the following example?

In the sentence "Why is this here?", is "why" an adverb? What part of speech is "why?" I think it modifies the verb "is", so I think it is an adverb.
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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: ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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Can I call a vacuum cleaner cleaner a vacuum cleaner?

Can I call a vacuum cleaner cleaner a vacuum cleaner? This was written in a hallway. Can you help me dissect what's going on here, along with an appropriate response? By dissect, I mean I'd like to ...
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“There is to be no drinking beer today” What is the status of “no” and “beer” here?

There's no doubting her sincerity. There's no telling what she's done. There's no guessing which way they'll bolt. There's to be no drinking beer today. There's no telling her. The word no is usually ...
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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 ...
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Is “is” an auxiliary verb in the sentence “My mum's bag is blue”? [duplicate]

My mum's bag is blue. Is is an auxiliary verb in that sentence? If not, what is it? Is “is” an auxiliary verb in the sentence “John is working now”? was suggested as a possible duplicate, but that ...
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What part of speech is 'better' in the following sentence?

What part of speech is better in the following sentence? Is it an adverb because it modifies the verb expect? Is it an abstract noun because it is an “intangible concept such as an emotion, a feeling, ...
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What part of speech is “that” in these two sentences:

I believe that pigs can fly I think here "that" is being used as a conjunction to combine the independent clause (pigs can fly) with the dependent clause (I believe) That the boys painted ...
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Are modal verbs and auxiliary verbs actually verbs?

A friend recently told me that "can" is a rare verb without an infinitive. I have since looked it up and discovered it is an auxiliary verb. In my mind it modifies a "proper" verb in much the same way ...