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Spellbinding Sentences by Barbara Baig

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Chapter 8

Parts of Speech

We’re born to love grammar. We are taught to hate it.

—Max Morenberg, Doing Grammar

When talking about parts of speech, grammarians have traditionally placed words into nine categories: nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, determiners, prepositions, conjunctions, pronouns, and interjections. (Some contemporary grammarians add other categories.1 add other categories. Some writers on grammar now consider that there are only eight parts of speech—they consider determiners to be a kind of adjective—while others identify twelve parts of speech. See R.L. Trask, The Penguin Dictionary of English Grammar. ) The first four of these parts of speech—nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs—are called content parts of speech, because ...

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