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Ch 1: Parts of Speech

About This Chapter

The Parts of Speech chapter of this English Grammar Rules course is the most efficient way to study the grammar and application of different parts of speech. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the rules behind Parts of Speech.

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Anyone who needs help learning or mastering Parts of Speech will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the parts of speech. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in their learning of using adverbs, nouns, and more
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning grammar (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

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  • Watch each video in the chapter to review all key topics.
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  • Complete your review with the Parts of Speech chapter exam.

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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about parts of speech for a standard English or grammar course. Topics covered include:

  • Adverb clauses
  • Conjunctions
  • Contrasting common and proper nouns as well as transitive and intransitive verbs
  • Working with different forms of pronouns, verbs, adjectives and nouns
  • Prepositional phrases
  • Modal auxiliary verbs and past participles
  • Differentiating between restrictive and nonrestrictive adjective clauses
  • Subject-verb agreement
  • Subjunctive mood and applying the subjunctive

57 Lessons in Chapter 1: Parts of Speech
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Adverb Clauses: Types & Purposes

1. Adverb Clauses: Types & Purposes

The adverb clause functions as an adverb, and it answers the questions when, where, why, how, how much, and under what condition, as it modifies adjectives, verbs, and adverbs.

Conjunction in English: Use, Rules & Practice

2. Conjunction in English: Use, Rules & Practice

In English, we classify words by their parts of speech. Each part of speech plays a crucial role in speaking and writing. This lesson is about the three types of conjunctions and their use in writing.

Difference Between a Common Noun & Proper Noun

3. Difference Between a Common Noun & Proper Noun

Every noun can be classified into two categories: common or proper. In this lesson, we'll sort through some nouns and decide just what makes nouns common or proper.

Difference Between Transitive & Intransitive Verbs

4. Difference Between Transitive & Intransitive Verbs

Every sentence needs a verb. In this lesson, you'll learn about two types of action verbs: transitive and intransitive. You'll find out how to recognize them in sentences and tell the difference between the two.

How & When to Use Pronouns

5. How & When to Use Pronouns

In this lesson you will learn about how and when to use pronouns. There will be a review of some common pronouns, and how they can help sentences sound less awkward and repetitive.

How to Find a Prepositional Phrase

6. How to Find a Prepositional Phrase

In English, words are classified by parts of speech. One part of speech is the preposition. Prepositions usually appear in phrases. In this lesson, you will learn about prepositions, prepositional phrases and how they are used in sentences.

How to Find the Main Verb in a Sentence

7. How to Find the Main Verb in a Sentence

A basic sentence must contain a subject and a predicate to be complete. The main verb of a sentence will always be located within the predicate. Learn how to identify the main verb of a sentence and how to avoid confusing it with infinitives and auxiliary verbs.

How to Identify & Replace Linking Verbs

8. How to Identify & Replace Linking Verbs

Good writers work to make every word count. Replacing linking verbs with other structures is a method some writers use to strengthen their writing. In this lesson, we will look at linking verbs and how to replace them.

How to Replace Personal Pronouns

9. How to Replace Personal Pronouns

Personal pronouns are great for informal writing, but when we write formal essays, we should try to avoid using the kind of conversational language that results from the words 'I' and 'you'. This lesson will demonstrate how to replace these pronouns with third person pronouns that are more appropriate for formal or academic writing.

How to Use Gender Neutral Pronouns

10. How to Use Gender Neutral Pronouns

The rules governing the use of gender-neutral pronouns are constantly evolving. This lesson will discuss the rules as they currently stand and how they might change. Read on to learn more about gender-neutral pronouns.

Linking Verbs: Types & Practice

11. Linking Verbs: Types & Practice

In this lesson, you will learn which verbs are considered linking verbs and why they are used in sentences. You will also learn how to use linking verbs and see a list of different examples for the different types of verb categories.

Modal Auxiliary Verbs: Definition, Uses & Examples

12. Modal Auxiliary Verbs: Definition, Uses & Examples

Modal auxiliary verbs are easy to use because they never change form or tense. These verbs are full of possibilities! In fact, possibility is just one thing modal auxiliary verbs can show; they can also indicate necessity, capability, or willingness.

Past Participles in English: Definition & Examples

13. Past Participles in English: Definition & Examples

Past participles are parts of verbs that represent the past. Let's look at examples of the three types of past participles: perfect tenses, the passive voice, and adjectives or descriptors. By the end of the lesson, you will recognize them all.

Restrictive vs. Nonrestrictive Adjective Clauses

14. Restrictive vs. Nonrestrictive Adjective Clauses

In this lesson we are going to look at two adjective clauses: the restrictive and nonrestrictive. Each plays an important role in our understanding of English grammar, so let's define them and look at examples so there are no doubts.

Subject-Verb Agreement: Rules & Practice

15. Subject-Verb Agreement: Rules & Practice

Subject-verb agreement can be very difficult but it is vital to effective writing and speech. In this lesson, you will learn the rules to avoid common mistakes that many people make.

Uncountable Nouns in English: Definition & Examples

16. Uncountable Nouns in English: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we'll look at uncountable nouns. How can you not count things that are people, places, or things? We'll look at examples of nouns that are just not easy to count and what makes them non-count nouns!

Using Action Verbs in Your Resume

17. Using Action Verbs in Your Resume

Your resume is the first thing recruiters and human resources see when you apply for a position. Using action verbs in your resume not only helps make your resume stronger but also makes it look professional and polished.

Using Irregular Verbs in English

18. Using Irregular Verbs in English

Irregular verbs can be a confusing part of the English language, but this lesson will help to provide some clarity on how and when to use them. Learn some simple tips for becoming an irregular verb expert and practice using irregular verbs correctly.

Using Types of Conjunctive Adverbs

19. Using Types of Conjunctive Adverbs

Conjunctive adverbs are words used to connect ideas and to describe. You've probably been using these words all along, and this lesson will provide you with tips on using and punctuating sentences that contain conjunctive adverbs.

What Are Action Verbs? - Definition & Examples

20. What Are Action Verbs? - Definition & Examples

From the moment we jump out of bed to the second we hop back in, we are active. To describe our action-packed lives, we use action verbs. This lesson will give you a definition of action verbs, some examples, and a way to identify action verbs.

What Are Comparative Adjectives? - Definition & Examples

21. What Are Comparative Adjectives? - Definition & Examples

This lesson will talk about comparative adjectives and define what they are. It will also cover the rules for adding suffixes to create comparative adjectives from regular adjectives and give some examples.

What Are Compound Adjectives? - Definition & Examples

22. What Are Compound Adjectives? - Definition & Examples

What are compound adjectives? If this is a question you've been wondering about, then take a look at this lesson. We'll explore the definition of compound adjectives and look at some examples.

What Are Correlative Conjunctions? - Definition & Examples

23. What Are Correlative Conjunctions? - Definition & Examples

Correlative conjunctions are pairs of joining words that we frequently use to connect two ideas together in a sentence. In this lesson, we'll define what a correlative conjunction is, learn the most commonly used correlative conjunctions, and discover rules for using them in sentences.

What Are Linking Verbs? - Definition & Examples

24. What Are Linking Verbs? - Definition & Examples

There are many ways to classify verbs. Two main types of verbs are action verbs and linking verbs. This lesson will give you a definition of linking verbs, some examples, and a way to identify linking verbs.

What Are Plural Pronouns? - Definition & Examples

25. What Are Plural Pronouns? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn about plural pronouns. How, when, and why to use plural pronouns will be discussed as well as some common examples. A quiz will follow the lesson.

What Are Proper Adjectives? - Definition & Examples

26. What Are Proper Adjectives? - Definition & Examples

This lesson focuses on proper adjectives, which are formed from proper nouns. Proper adjectives offer a concise way to describe a noun, and they are always capitalized.

What Are Singular Pronouns? - Definition & Examples

27. What Are Singular Pronouns? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn about singular pronouns. You will learn why they are used, and how they are used. Examples of sentences with and without pronouns will be used.

What Are Singular Verbs? - Definition & Examples

28. What Are Singular Verbs? - Definition & Examples

Verbs are essential in sentences, but it can be challenging to figure out which form to use in a particular situation. In this lesson, we'll explore what singular verbs are, how to identify them and tricky situations where they need to be used.

What Are Subject Pronouns? - Definition & Examples

29. What Are Subject Pronouns? - Definition & Examples

In English, pronouns are used to take the place of nouns. There are different pronouns used depending on the position the noun had in the sentence. This is a lesson about subject pronouns.

What Are Superlative Adjectives? - Definition & Examples

30. What Are Superlative Adjectives? - Definition & Examples

When you want to describe the absolute best or worst of something, you use superlative adjectives. In this lesson, we'll learn how to use superlative adjectives and look at some examples.

What is a Common Noun? - Definition & Examples

31. What is a Common Noun? - Definition & Examples

This lesson focuses on defining common nouns. In addition, the lesson provides examples and rules for capitalization and usage of common nouns and discusses the difference between common nouns and proper nouns.

What is a Concrete Noun? - Definition & Examples

32. What is a Concrete Noun? - Definition & Examples

There are several different types of nouns used in the English language. Without nouns, we would have a difficult time writing and speaking. In this lesson, you'll learn the definition of a concrete noun.

What is a Count Noun? - Definition & Examples

33. What is a Count Noun? - Definition & Examples

Count nouns are people, places, or things that we can count. In this lesson we'll look at the definition of count nouns as well as some examples to help us begin to classify nouns as count or non-count.

What is a Main Verb? - Definition & Examples

34. What is a Main Verb? - Definition & Examples

There are four things you need to write a good sentence: capitalization, punctuation, a subject, and a verb. In this lesson, we will learn about the verb - its role and how to identify it.

What is a Noun Phrase? - Definition & Examples

35. What is a Noun Phrase? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we'll discuss noun phrases and how they function in sentences. You'll also learn that noun phrases are an effective way to add additional information to your writing, without creating wordy sentences.

What is a Predicate Adjective? - Definition & Examples

36. What is a Predicate Adjective? - Definition & Examples

In English, words are classified by their part of speech. One part of speech is adjectives. Adjectives can be sorted into different types. This is a lesson about predicate adjectives, where they appear in the sentence, and how to identify them.

What is an Abstract Noun? - Definition & Examples

37. What is an Abstract Noun? - Definition & Examples

Abstract nouns name a quality or an idea. These words cannot be experienced with the five senses; instead, these nouns symbolize abstract concepts such as charity, hatred, and justice.

What is an Ambiguous Pronoun? - Definition & Examples

38. What is an Ambiguous Pronoun? - Definition & Examples

When you write, it is because you are trying to clearly convey information. Ambiguous pronouns cause confusion for the reader. The good news is that this lesson will show you how to identify and easily correct ambiguous pronouns.

What is an Imperative Verb? - Definition & Examples

39. What is an Imperative Verb? - Definition & Examples

Imperative verbs instruct people to do something. They come at the beginning of sentences that are commands. Come, read this lesson, and learn about imperative verbs!

What is an Indirect Object Pronoun? - Definition & Examples

40. What is an Indirect Object Pronoun? - Definition & Examples

Pronoun usage changes depending on whether a noun is a subject or object in the sentence. This can get doubly confusing when a noun is an indirect object. This lesson will let you know which pronoun to use.

What is an Introductory Prepositional Phrase?

41. What is an Introductory Prepositional Phrase?

In this video, we'll look at some characteristics and examples of introductory prepositional phrases. By the end of this video, you'll be able to identify introductory prepositional phrases and know how and why we use them.

What is Subjunctive Mood? - Definition & Examples

42. What is Subjunctive Mood? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will discover the definition of subjunctive mood. We will also look at examples of sentences written in subjunctive mood. Subjunctive mood is easy to identify and use.

When & How to Use Reflexive Pronouns

43. When & How to Use Reflexive Pronouns

What kinds of things have you learned to do all by yourself: bake a cake, ride a bike, swim? In this lesson, we'll look at reflexive pronouns and how they help tell what we can do by ourselves. We'll look at the definition of reflexive pronouns, as well as some uses and examples in context.

When & How to Use the Subjunctive in English

44. When & How to Use the Subjunctive in English

The subjunctive form is used when we talk about our hopes and dreams. In this lesson, we'll look at the subjunctive form, when we use it, and some examples.

Why Do We Use Pronouns?

45. Why Do We Use Pronouns?

Pronouns are very useful words, especially when you're writing longer sentences. In this lesson, you will learn what a pronoun is, when pronouns are used in sentences, and why pronouns are important to use in writing.

What is a Possessive Adjective? - Definition & Examples

46. What is a Possessive Adjective? - Definition & Examples

If you think that grammar is difficult or you have a hard time breaking down the different parts of a sentence, you are absolutely not alone. In this lesson, we will take a straightforward look at possessive adjectives. Read on to get the scoop.

What Are Compound Words? - Meaning & Examples

47. What Are Compound Words? - Meaning & Examples

What do pancakes and a shipwreck have in common? Solve this riddle by learning what compound words are, how to identify different types of compound words and seeing examples of compound words in this lesson.

What Are Transition Words? - Definition & Examples

48. What Are Transition Words? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will examine the use of transition words to smoothly connect thoughts and ideas. We will look at specific examples of transition words that support, contrast, indicate time, or show consequences.

What Are Transitional Phrases? - Definition & Examples

49. What Are Transitional Phrases? - Definition & Examples

If you are curious about how to make your writing smoother and more polished, read on. In this lesson we will take a look at the definition of transitional phrases as well as some solid examples of how to use them in your writing.

What is a Predicate Nominative? - Definition & Examples

50. What is a Predicate Nominative? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn about a part of a sentence known as the predicate nominative. The predicate nominative, sometimes called a subject complement, is a noun that follows a linking verb and is equal to the subject.

How to Fix a Dangling Modifier

51. How to Fix a Dangling Modifier

A modifier is meant to describe a word in a sentence. When a sentence is missing the word that the modifier intends to describe, it is called a dangling modifier. Learn how to identify a dangling modifier and how to fix it.

What is a Participle Phrase? - Definition & Examples

52. What is a Participle Phrase? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn what a participle phrase is, examine some examples of sentences containing participle phrases, and explore correct punctuation and usage when incorporating participle phrases in writing.

What Are Action Words? - Definition & Examples

53. What Are Action Words? - Definition & Examples

So, you want to talk about action? First things first, what are action words and how do you use them? This lesson explains different types of action words, known as verbs, and gives examples of the best way to use them in your writing.

What is Negative Connotation? - Definition & Examples

54. What is Negative Connotation? - Definition & Examples

How do you recognize negative connotation? You may sense it without even realizing it! Read on to find out what negative connotation is and to get examples that will help you know when you encounter it in your own life.

What is Positive Connotation? - Definition & Examples

55. What is Positive Connotation? - Definition & Examples

We use words to describe our experiences in the world. Some experiences are positive, some negative, and the rest are neutral as are the words used to define them. In this lesson, we will learn about positive connotation through examples and practice.

What is a Subject Complement? - Definition & Examples

56. What is a Subject Complement? - Definition & Examples

In writing, it's helpful to know the ingredients of a strong sentence. In sentences that contain linking verbs, one important component is a subject complement. We'll learn all about subject complements in this lesson.

What Are Archaic Words? - Definition & Examples

57. What Are Archaic Words? - Definition & Examples

While archaic words may not be commonplace today, they once had a significant place in the English language. Come and learn about what archaic words are, who used them, as well as some examples with their definitions.

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