Every word in the English language can be classified into one of eight distinct
groups: Nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, propositions, conjunctions, and interjections. Of course,
we're not going to make it easy. Words aren't automatically part of any given group. It all depends how they are
being used at that moment. Take the word "shoot." It can be a verb: "Hey, Pa! They're
shooting at us!" It can be a noun, "I don't give a shoot!" Or, it can be an interjection, "Shoot!
He shot me!"
Knowing parts of speech can be invaluable if
you are needing something to talk about at a party, if you want to impress your date, or you want to be "that guy"
who goes around correcting everybody else's grammar. And as an added bonus, if you know the terminology it helps you
better understand whatever it is you're trying to understand. In this case, it would be English stuff. For instance,
you can know that you conjugate a verb with its subject, not with its modifiers, including prepositional phrases... but what
good will memorizing that nifty rule do if you don't know what any of those things are?
So that's what this section is devoted to: An explanation of the parts of speech.