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Are you familiar with the eight parts of speech? Interestingly, the same word can be a noun in one sentence and a verb or adjective in the next. Traditionally, in grammar, a part of speech is a category of words that possess similar grammatical variables. If you intend to understand more about the eight parts of speech, you should complete this quiz.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What part of speech describes a verb, adjective, or adverb and answers when? where? how? and to what extent?

    • A.

      Verb

    • B.

      Adjective

    • C.

      Adverb

    • D.

      Preposition

    • E.

      Noun

    Correct Answer
    C. Adverb
    Explanation
    An adverb is a part of speech that describes a verb, adjective, or adverb and provides information about when, where, how, and to what extent an action is being performed. It modifies or adds more detail to these words, explaining how something is done, where it takes place, when it occurs, or to what degree it happens.

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  • 2. 

    What part of speech connects words or groups of words? Examples are for, and, nor, but, or, yetand so?

    • A.

      Preposition

    • B.

      Adverb

    • C.

      Interjection

    • D.

      Conjunction

    • E.

      Pronoun

    Correct Answer
    D. Conjunction
    Explanation
    Conjunctions are a part of speech that connect words or groups of words. They are used to join words, phrases, or clauses together in a sentence. Examples of conjunctions include "for, and, nor, but, or, yet, and so." They help to establish relationships between different parts of a sentence and contribute to the overall coherence and flow of the text.

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  • 3. 

    What part of speech substitutes for a noun or pronoun? Examples are we, they him, I, you, me, she...

    • A.

      Pronoun

    • B.

      Verb

    • C.

      Conjunction

    • D.

      Noun

    • E.

      Interjection

    Correct Answer
    A. Pronoun
    Explanation
    A pronoun is a part of speech that substitutes for a noun or pronoun. It is used to avoid repetition and make sentences less repetitive and more concise. Examples of pronouns include "we," "they," "him," "I," "you," "me," and "she." Pronouns help to refer to people, places, things, or ideas without using specific names or nouns repeatedly.

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  • 4. 

    What part of speech describes a noun or pronoun and answers the questions which one(s)? how many/much? or what kind(s)

    • A.

      Verb

    • B.

      Adverb

    • C.

      Adjective

    • D.

      Preposition

    • E.

      Noun

    Correct Answer
    C. Adjective
    Explanation
    Adjectives are words that describe or modify nouns or pronouns. They provide more information about the noun or pronoun by answering questions such as which one(s), how many/much, or what kind(s). In this case, the adjective describes the noun or pronoun and provides additional details about it.

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  • 5. 

    Which part of speech expresses a mild or sudden burst of emotion? Examples are wow! or no,.

    • A.

      Adverb

    • B.

      Noun

    • C.

      Interjection

    • D.

      Preposition

    • E.

      Adjective

    Correct Answer
    C. Interjection
    Explanation
    An interjection is a part of speech that expresses a mild or sudden burst of emotion. It is often used to convey surprise, joy, anger, or other strong feelings. Examples of interjections include words like wow!, oh!, no!, and hey!. Interjections are not grammatically connected to the rest of the sentence and are often used independently to express a specific emotion or reaction.

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  • 6. 

    Which part of speech describes the distance/placement/proximity of one word and another word in a sentence? Examples are on, to, behind, with...

    • A.

      Adverb

    • B.

      Preposition

    • C.

      Interjection

    • D.

      Noun

    • E.

      Conjunction

    Correct Answer
    B. Preposition
    Explanation
    A preposition is a part of speech that describes the relationship between two words in a sentence, specifically the distance, placement, or proximity of one word to another. Examples of prepositions include "on," "to," "behind," and "with." Prepositions are used to indicate location, direction, time, and other relationships between words in a sentence.

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  • 7. 

    What part of speech describes a person, place, thing, or idea? Examples are house, jury, determination.

    • A.

      Noun

    • B.

      Pronoun

    • C.

      Adjective

    • D.

      Interjection

    • E.

      Conjunction

    Correct Answer
    A. Noun
    Explanation
    A noun is a part of speech that describes a person, place, thing, or idea. It is a word that can be used to name a person (e.g., John), a place (e.g., Paris), a thing (e.g., book), or an idea (e.g., love). Examples such as house, jury, and determination are all nouns as they represent a thing (house), a group of people (jury), and an abstract concept (determination). Therefore, the correct answer is noun.

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  • 8. 

    What type of pronouns are I, we, she, they. him, us? They refer to "people."

    Correct Answer
    personal, personal pronouns, personal pronoun
    Explanation
    The pronouns "I, we, she, they, him, us" are all examples of personal pronouns. Personal pronouns are used to refer to specific people or things. In this case, these pronouns specifically refer to people.

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  • 9. 

    What type of personal pronouns are I, we, she, he and they? They usually belong in the front of a sentence.

    Correct Answer
    subject, subject pronouns, subject pronoun
    Explanation
    these belong in the subject!

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  • 10. 

    What type of pronouns are me, them her, him, us? They usually belong in the predicate.

    Correct Answer
    object pronouns, object , object pronouns, object pronoun
    Explanation
    The pronouns "me, them, her, him, us" are object pronouns. Object pronouns are used as the objects of verbs or prepositions in a sentence. In this case, they are used in the predicate, which is the part of the sentence that provides information about the subject. 

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  • 11. 

    The verbs seems, is, was and had when used alone are what kind of verbs?

    Correct Answer
    linking , linking verbs, linking verb
    Explanation
    they simply link subject to predicate

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  • 12. 

    A verb that describes physical or mental action is called what type of verb? 

    Correct Answer
    action , action verb, action verbs
    Explanation
    The correct answer for this question is "action, action verb, action verbs" because these terms describe a verb that represents a physical or mental action. These verbs indicate that someone or something is doing something, whether it is a physical activity or a mental process. They are used to convey actions and movements, making them essential in sentence construction to provide more meaning and context.

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  • 13. 

    A noun that names a group of things is called what type of noun? It rarely ends in "s."

    Correct Answer
    collective , collective noun, collective nouns
    Explanation
    A noun that names a group of things is called a collective noun. This type of noun is unique because it rarely ends in "s." Collective nouns are used to refer to a collection or group of individuals or things, such as a flock of birds or a team of players.

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  • 14. 

    What type of noun is always capitalized? (John, Arizona, France...)

    Correct Answer
    Proper, Proper noun, proper nouns
    Explanation
    Proper nouns are always capitalized. They refer to specific names of people, places, or things, such as John, Arizona, and France. Proper nouns are distinguished from common nouns, which are not capitalized unless they appear at the beginning of a sentence.

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  • 15. 

    What type of noun can be perceived by the five senses? (table, bird, school, beach...)

    Correct Answer
    concrete, concrete noun, concrete nouns
    Explanation
    Concrete nouns are the type of nouns that can be perceived by the five senses. They refer to physical objects or things that can be seen, heard, smelled, tasted, or touched. Examples of concrete nouns in the given options are table, bird, school, and beach. These nouns represent tangible and observable entities, making them easily identifiable and relatable through sensory experiences.

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  • 16. 

    What type of noun is made up of two or more words? (policeman, father-in-law, real estate...)

    Correct Answer
    compound, compound noun, compound nouns
    Explanation
    Compound nouns are made up of two or more words that function as a single unit. They can be created by combining two nouns (e.g. policeman), a noun and an adjective (e.g. real estate), or a noun and a preposition (e.g. father-in-law). These combinations create a new word with a unique meaning. Therefore, the correct answer includes all variations of the term "compound" and "compound noun".

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  • 17. 

    What type of noun cannot be perceived by the senses? (love, ambition, liberty..)

    Correct Answer
    abstract, abstract nouns, abstract noun
    Explanation
    The correct answer is abstract, abstract nouns, abstract noun. This is because abstract nouns refer to ideas, concepts, or qualities that cannot be perceived by the senses. Love, ambition, and liberty are all examples of abstract nouns as they represent emotions, aspirations, and principles that cannot be physically seen, heard, smelled, tasted, or touched.

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  • 18. 

    The adjectives a, an, and the are called what kind of adjectives?

    Correct Answer
    articles, article
    Explanation
    The adjectives "a," "an," and "the" are called articles. An article is a type of adjective that is used to specify or limit a noun. "A" and "an" are indefinite articles, used when referring to a non-specific or generic noun, while "the" is a definite article, used when referring to a specific or known noun.

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  • 19. 

    What kind of article is "the"? (it indicates something specific)

    Correct Answer
    definite, definite article, definite articles, definate, definate article
    Explanation
    "The" is a definite article. Definite articles are used to indicate something specific, such as a particular person, thing, or idea. In English, "the" is the only definite article. It is used before singular and plural nouns when the speaker or writer believes that the listener or reader already knows what they are referring to.

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  • 20. 

    What kind of articles are the words a and an? (they indicate something not specific)

    Correct Answer
    indefinite, indefinate, indefinite articles, indefinate articles
    Explanation
    The words "a" and "an" are known as indefinite articles. They are used to refer to something in a non-specific or general way. These articles are used before singular nouns that are countable. "A" is used before words that begin with a consonant sound, while "an" is used before words that begin with a vowel sound.

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  • 21. 

    What is the name of the word that the pronoun stands for or refers to in a sentence? (Mary took her friend with her. "Mary" is the _____________" for the pronouns "her".

    Correct Answer
    antecedent, anticedant, antacedant, antesedant
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "antecedent". In this sentence, "Mary" is the word that the pronoun "her" refers to or stands for.

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  • 22. 

    Which word must be able to be switched with the word "because" for it to be a conjunction? (otherwise, it's a preposition)

    • A.

      But

    • B.

      Or

    • C.

      Because

    • D.

      For

    • E.

      Yet

    Correct Answer
    D. For
    Explanation
    The word "for" must be able to be switched with the word "because" for it to be a conjunction. This is because both "for" and "because" are used to introduce a reason or cause in a sentence. They can be used interchangeably in sentences such as "I couldn't go to the party because I had to work" or "I couldn't go to the party for I had to work." Therefore, "for" can function as a conjunction in this context.

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  • 23. 

    Conjunctions used in pairs are called what kind of conjunctions? (both...and/either...or/neither...nor...) EX: I want both pizza and hot dogs.

    Correct Answer
    correlative, corelative, corellative, correlative conjunctions, correlitive conjunctions
    Explanation
    Conjunctions used in pairs are called correlative conjunctions. They are used to connect similar words, phrases, or clauses in a sentence. Examples of correlative conjunctions include both...and, either...or, and neither...nor. In the given example, the correlative conjunction "both...and" is used to connect the words "pizza" and "hot dogs".

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  • 24. 

    (She, Her) and Sara went to the store. Which is the correct pronoun to use?

    • A.

      She

    • B.

      Her

    Correct Answer
    A. She
    Explanation
    The correct pronoun to use in this sentence is "She." This is because "She" is the subject pronoun and is used when referring to the person who is performing the action in the sentence. In this case, "She" is referring to the person who went to the store along with Sara.

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  • 25. 

    I went camping with John and (he, him).

    • A.

      Him

    • B.

      He

    Correct Answer
    A. Him
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "him" because it is the objective form of the pronoun. In this sentence, "him" is the object of the preposition "with."

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  • 26. 

    What is the verb phrase in the following sentence: They did not go running very far.

    Correct Answer
    did go running
    Explanation
    The verb phrase in the sentence is "did go running." This is because "did" is the auxiliary verb, indicating past tense, and "go running" is the main verb phrase, indicating the action of running. The word "not" is an adverb modifying the verb phrase.

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  • 27. 

    What kind of adjective is the word "American" in the following sentence? The soldiers saluted the American flag.  

    Correct Answer
    proper, proper adjective
    Explanation
    In the sentence, "The soldiers saluted the American flag," the word "American" is functioning as a proper adjective. It is describing the noun "flag" and specifically indicating that it belongs to or is associated with America. Proper adjectives are derived from proper nouns and are capitalized. In this case, "American" is derived from the proper noun "America."

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  • 28. 

    What word is being described by the adverb "inside" in the following sentence?A warm fire beckoned the weary travelers inside.

    Correct Answer
    beckoned
    Explanation
    The adverb "inside" is describing the direction or location of where the weary travelers were beckoned. It indicates that the travelers were beckoned to go into or enter a warm fire.

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  • 29. 

    Prepositional phrases always begin with a _____________ and ends with noun or pronoun.

    Correct Answer
    preposition
    Explanation
    Prepositional phrases are a group of words that begin with a preposition and end with a noun or pronoun. Prepositions are words that show the relationship between a noun or pronoun and another word in the sentence. They indicate location, direction, time, manner, or other relationships. In this case, the correct answer is "preposition" because prepositional phrases always start with a preposition, such as "in," "on," "at," "under," etc., and end with a noun or pronoun.

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  • 30. 

    Which word is only a preposition when it can be substituted with the word "except," otherwise it is a coordinating conjunction?

    Correct Answer
    but
    Explanation
    The word "but" is a coordinating conjunction when it connects two independent clauses, but it functions as a preposition when it can be substituted with the word "except." In this case, "but" is used to indicate exclusion or contrast, similar to the meaning of "except."

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  • 31. 

    What is the prepositional phrase in the following sentence?I ran around the block ten times today.

    Correct Answer
    around the block
    Explanation
    The prepositional phrase in the sentence "I ran around the block ten times today" is "around the block." This phrase begins with the preposition "around" and describes the location or direction of the action of running. It specifies where the running took place, indicating that the person ran in a circular path surrounding the block.

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  • 32. 

    The phrases "according to, in addition to, and because of are examples of what kind of prepositions?

    Correct Answer
    compound, compound prepositions
    Explanation
    The phrases "according to," "in addition to," and "because of" are examples of compound prepositions. Compound prepositions are formed by combining two or more words to create a single prepositional phrase. In this case, the words "according," "to," "in addition," "to," "because," and "of" are combined to create these compound prepositions.

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  • 33. 

    What part of speech is the underlined word in the following sentence. Adverb or Preposition? The boys went inside to eat dinner.

    • A.

      Adverb

    • B.

      Preposition

    Correct Answer
    A. Adverb
    Explanation
    The underlined word "inside" in the sentence "The boys went inside to eat dinner" is an adverb. It modifies the verb "went" by indicating the direction or location of the action.

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  • 34. 

    Is the following sentence written actively or passively? Many of the math problems were written down incorrectly by our teacher.

    • A.

      Passive

    • B.

      Active

    Correct Answer
    A. Passive
    Explanation
    The given sentence "Many of the math problems were written down incorrectly by our teacher" is written in the passive voice. This is because the subject of the sentence (many of the math problems) is receiving the action (were written down incorrectly) rather than performing the action. The sentence emphasizes the action being done to the math problems rather than who is doing the action.

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  • 35. 

    Mild interjections are followed by what kind of punctuation?

    • A.

      Exclamation point

    • B.

      Semicolon

    • C.

      Comma

    • D.

      Period

    • E.

      Colon

    Correct Answer
    C. Comma
    Explanation
    Exmaple: No, I'm not going with you.

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  • 36. 

    Interjections that express a sudden burst of emotion are followed by what kind of punctuation?

    • A.

      Comma

    • B.

      Semicolon

    • C.

      Colon

    • D.

      Exclamation point

    • E.

      Period

    Correct Answer
    D. Exclamation point
    Explanation
    Interjections are words or phrases that express strong emotions or sudden bursts of feelings. These interjections are typically followed by an exclamation point, as it accurately reflects the intensity and excitement of the emotion being expressed. A comma, semicolon, colon, or period would not effectively convey the same level of emotion and impact as an exclamation point. Therefore, the correct punctuation to follow interjections that express a sudden burst of emotion is an exclamation point.

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  • 37. 

    How many prepositional phrases are in the following sentence? During the month of May we went on a trip with our friends to Canada.

    • A.

      2

    • B.

      3

    • C.

      4

    • D.

      5

    • E.

      6

    Correct Answer
    D. 5
    Explanation
    The sentence "During the month of May we went on a trip with our friends to Canada" contains five prepositional phrases. These phrases are "During the month of May," "on a trip," "with our friends," "to Canada." Each of these phrases begins with a preposition ("during," "on," "with," "to") and includes a noun or pronoun ("the month of May," "a trip," "our friends," "Canada") that acts as the object of the preposition.

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  • 38. 

    What are the four questions that adverbs can answer?

    • A.

      Who? when? where? why?

    • B.

      When? where? how? why?

    • C.

      When? where? to what extent/degree? what?

    • D.

      To what extent/degree? when? where? how?

    • E.

      When? where? to what extent/degree? why?

    Correct Answer
    D. To what extent/degree? when? where? how?
    Explanation
    Adverbs can answer the questions of "to what extent/degree?" by providing information about the intensity or degree of an action or state. They can also answer the questions of "when?" by indicating the time or frequency of an action, "where?" by indicating the place or location of an action, and "how?" by describing the manner or way in which an action is performed.

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  • 39. 

    What are the three questions that adjectives can answer?

    • A.

      Who? what? when? where?

    • B.

      Who? what kind? to what extent/degree?

    • C.

      Which one? what kind? to what extent/degree

    • D.

      Which one? what kind? how many?

    • E.

      Which one? how many? why?

    Correct Answer
    D. Which one? what kind? how many?
    Explanation
    Adjectives can answer the questions "which one?" to identify a specific item or person, "what kind?" to describe the type or quality of something, and "how many?" to indicate the quantity or number of something.

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  • 40. 

    What is the verb phrase in the following sentence? I will not be going sledding because it's too cold.

    Correct Answer
    will be going sledding
    Explanation
    The verb phrase in the sentence is "will be going sledding." This phrase consists of the modal verb "will" indicating future tense, the auxiliary verb "be" indicating progressive aspect, and the main verb "going." The verb phrase expresses the action of the subject "I" engaging in the activity of sledding in the future.

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  • 41. 

    What is the infinitive verb phrase in the following sentence? I want to play baseball today.

    Correct Answer
    to play
    Explanation
    The infinitive verb phrase in the given sentence is "to play." It functions as the direct object of the verb "want." The speaker expresses their desire or intention to engage in the activity of playing baseball. The infinitive form emphasizes the action itself, without indicating tense or subject.

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  • 42. 

    How many adjectives are in the following sentence, including articles? The red car roared around the sharp corner and hit an old oak tree. 

    • A.

      4

    • B.

      5

    • C.

      6

    • D.

      7

    • E.

      8

    Correct Answer
    D. 7
    Explanation
    The sentence contains seven adjectives: red, sharp, old, the, an, around, and the. These words describe the car, corner, oak tree, and the action of roaring.

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  • 43. 

    The noun "mob" is a common noun, a concrete noun, and.......what is the last kind?  

    Correct Answer
    collective
    Explanation
    The noun "mob" is a common noun because it refers to a general category of people or things. It is also a concrete noun because it refers to something that can be perceived through the senses. Lastly, it is a collective noun because it refers to a group of people acting together in a disorderly or violent way.

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