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Administrative Assistant's and Secretary's Handbook, 5th Edition by Jennifer Wauson, Kevin Wilson, James Stroman

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Chapter 32

Grammar

The Parts of Speech

There are nine parts of speech in the English language:

1. Nouns

2. Verbs

3. Adjectives

4. Adverbs

5. Pronouns

6. Prepositions

7. Conjunctions

8. Articles, determiners, and quantifiers

9. Interjections

This chapter examines the correct use of these parts of speech.

Nouns

A noun is the name of a person, place, thing, or idea. A proper noun, which names a specific person, place, or thing (Kevin, Atlanta, God, English, Jennifer), is usually capitalized. A proper noun used as someone’s name is called a noun of address. The remaining nouns for everything else are called common nouns and are not usually capitalized.

A group of related words can act like a noun within a sentence. This is called a noun clause, and ...

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