How To Classify Words Into Parts Of Speech

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It is too easy to misunderstand the nature of a word in a sentence. This confusion arises due to the versatility of certain words; they have the ability of being polymorphic. In simple terms, a word under the same form can act differently. Let’s see some concrete examples:

1) Using words which are most commonly tagged as verbs, into nouns

=> Words like drink, look, smoke, wash, swim, drive, try, ..etc – generally used as verbs
bulb ¬†We can use them as nouns just by preceding them with ‘have a‘ as you can see below:
- have a drink
- have a smoke
- {.. try the rest for yourself ..}

2) Using words which are most commonly tagged as nouns, into verbs

=> Words like shoulder, head, finger, eye, elbow, hand, ..etc – generally used as nouns
bulb We can use them as verbs as shown below:
- shoulder our responsibilities
- head towards the dressing room
- finger an object
- eye a girl
- elbow someone else aside
- hand him a glassful of water

What Can We Conclude?

It is wise to classify words, into parts of speech, according to the work they do instead according to their general form. That is, words should be grouped based on their function in a sentence.

Another Interesting Example

=> With the word ‘fast
a) I need a very fast connection
b) Michael Phelps swims very fast
c) These people are going to fast for one month; during that time they won’t eat anything
d) At the end of their one month fast, they will have normal meals.

Short Exercises For You – The Reader!

1) In the above example, give the form or class of the wordfast‘ in each sentence
2) Make sentences with the words ‘spring‘ and ‘watch‘ to show the possible forms they might take
=> Use the comment form below to show your answers..

Previously:
=> The Eight Classes Grouping All Words In The English Language



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  (10) Responses to "How To Classify Words Into Parts Of Speech " - Say your part!

  1. 2
    From kate   on September 9th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    i cannot give an example

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    From kate   on September 9th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    i cannot give an example

  2. 4
    From Wakish   on October 16th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    @zainab:
    Could you tell where on my website you have asked me some questions, I could not find? I think you are making a mistake. If you have a look around on my other articles, I do give replies and advice.

    And most of the time, people give me their fake email, so I’m not to be blamed for that. I ask for a valid email because I do email back people.

    Thank you!

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    From Wakish   on October 16th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    @zainab:
    Could you tell where on my website you have asked me some questions, I could not find? I think you are making a mistake. If you have a look around on my other articles, I do give replies and advice.

    And most of the time, people give me their fake email, so I’m not to be blamed for that. I ask for a valid email because I do email back people.

    Thank you!

  3. 6
    From Larga   on May 18th, 2010 at 10:46 am

    I have my B.A. Hons. in English and Literary Studies.
    Your write up on “word classification” is clearly explicit.
    Thank you.

    6
    From Larga   on May 18th, 2010 at 10:46 am

    I have my B.A. Hons. in English and Literary Studies.
    Your write up on “word classification” is clearly explicit.
    Thank you.

  4. 8
    From may kyaw   on February 16th, 2011 at 11:02 am

    i m studying parts of speech for my work…
    especially to classify the Burmese/Myanmar words….
    ur article really help me to clear …
    thz

    8
    From may kyaw   on February 16th, 2011 at 11:02 am

    i m studying parts of speech for my work…
    especially to classify the Burmese/Myanmar words….
    ur article really help me to clear …
    thz

  5. 10
    From Wakish   on February 17th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    @May:
    Thanks alot for the kind words and glad it is useful.

    @Tanzila:
    From what I know, it’s eight, not twelve.

    Thanks everyone for dropping a comment, really appreciate!

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    From Wakish   on February 17th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    @May:
    Thanks alot for the kind words and glad it is useful.

    @Tanzila:
    From what I know, it’s eight, not twelve.

    Thanks everyone for dropping a comment, really appreciate!

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