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The Parts of Speech Poem

Every word is a part of speech. The term “part of speech” refers to a word’s role in a sentence. And like any workplace or TV show with an ensemble cast, these roles were designed to work together. 

There are eight parts of speech in the English language: noun, pronoun, verb, adjective, adverb, preposition, conjunction, and interjection. In addition, an individual word can function as more than one part of speech when used in different circumstances.

Here’s an old children’s rhyme about the eight parts of speech:

Every name is called a noun,
As field and fountain, street and town.
In place of noun the pronoun stands,
As he and she can clap their hands.
The adjective describes a thing,
As magic wand or bridal ring.
Most verbs mean action, something done,
To read and write, to jump and run.
How things are done the adverbs tell,
As quickly, slowly, badly, well.
The preposition shows relation,
As in the street or at the station.
Conjunctions join, in many ways,
Sentences, words, or phrase and phrase.
The interjection cries out, “Heed!
An exclamation point must follow me!”
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