Sometimes it’s helpful to breakdown the different parts of speech (or elements of a sentence) in order to simplify the sentence. This exercise can help you get to the root of what you’re trying to say. Below are definitions of the different parts of speech.
A noun is a person, place, or thing: Ella, Cheney, eggplant.
Nouns within a sentence:
A pronoun replaces a noun (and is sometimes called a “personal pronoun”): I, you, we, he, him, she, it, them.
Click HERE to learn more about pronouns and the difference between pronouns within the subjective, objective and possessive cases.
An adjective describes a noun: red, round, translucent.
An adverb describes a verb and often ends in “ly”: carefully, methodically, quietly.
A conjunction joins words/clauses/sentences together: and, or, but, when.
Side Note: Conjunctions can fall under several different categories, but the most commonly used are coordinating conjunctions (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so) and subordinating conjunctions (because, when, while, after… and many more).
Click HERE for ways to correctly use conjunctions to fix run-on sentences and comma splices.
A preposition begins a prepositional phrase and shows relationships between other words in a sentence; a preposition often indicates time or place: in, at, on, behind, under.
Click HERE to practice using prepositions.
An interjection is an exclamation: Oh!, Ah!