Parts of speech 1

How well do you know the parts of speech?

Because words may have different functions in different sentences, they can belong to more than one of the eight parts of speech: verb, noun, pronoun, adjective, adverb, preposition, conjunction and interjection. For example, the word book can be a noun (The book is on the desk) or a verb (She asked me to book a room for our meeting).

Try our quiz! See if you can name the parts of speech of the words in square brackets below.

1. The woman slipped on the ice and fell flat on her [face].
2. I'm late with my report, and I can't [face] my supervisor.
3. [Yikes]! My computer just crashed, and I lost all my photos.
4. He wasn't sure that twenty zucchini plants [would be] enough, so he planted another ten.
5. [Although] he gave a large amount of clothing away, his closet was still overflowing.
6. Later he asked himself, "Did [I] do the right thing?"
7. The manager [quickly] reached a decision.
8. That motorcycle is [hers].
9. [Small] children often insist that they can do things by themselves.
10. They wondered if there was a traitor [among] them.

Note: Adapted from HyperGrammar (copyright 1994, 1995 and 1996) produced by the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ottawa.