Parts of Speech

Links and learning materials covering parts of speech in English

Parts of speech is the term used for the basic categories of words in a language. In English, the eight primary parts of speech are nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections. Other subcategories include articles and determiners.

Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) has many helpful resources covering parts of speech:

My Prepositions handout includes a simple explanation how to identify prepositions and how they function grammatically, along with an exhaustive list of commonly used English prepositions I compiled.

Because of their complexity, verbs and pronouns are covered on separate pages.