I try not to take things for granted. It still happens from time to time. I know the basics of writing and I know I make mistakes. Everyone does. I also know that not everyone knows what I know and vice versa.
I have A blog coming up that uses terminology that made me pause. Wait maybe I need to go back a few steps and toss in a refresher… For myself and for anyone that might be interested.
Speech is part of life. Sentences, dialog and everything written contains speech. The necessary words that bring to life what we want to say. To do this we use words. Glorious, wondrous words. Only not all words are created equal. Not all words do the same thing. Some types of words have purpose.
There are nine basic types of words in the English language. (some say eight others will argue ten, and that’s fine. I’m going with the nine I know.) I went to Wikipedia to remind myself of the definitions, give my self a reprieve so I don’t screw them up and hear about it forever and ever.
- Verb – They convey an action (bring, read, walk, run, learn), an occurrence (happen, become), or a state of being (be, exist, stand). (Verbs are sometimes classified into two: lexical Verbs such as; work, like, run. Also auxiliary Verbs such as; be, have, must
- Noun – They describe a thing or a person. Such as; living creatures, objects, places, actions, qualities, states of existence, or ideas.
- Adjective – They a describe noun such as; good, big, blue and fascinating.
- Determiner – They limit or determine the noun. Such as; some, many, an, some, and numbers. (These are sometimes classified as adjectives thus the eight)
- Adverb – They describe a verb, adjective or adverb. Such as; quickly, silently, well, badly, very, really. (Um… a lot of filter words are adverbs)
- Pronoun – They replace a noun with words such as; I, you, he, she and some.
- Preposition – They link nouns to other words. Such as; To, at, after, on and but.
- Conjunction – They join clauses, sentences or words. Like these; and, but, when.
- Interjection – I blogged about this one on it’s own! An exclamation mark at the end of a sentence or the word “well” typically found at the start!
I know this is a lot to take in, and each have so much more than the rudimentary explanations above and the examples I’m about to give.
The following didn’t fit in a graph but contain all of the nine components.
interjection/ pron./ conj. /det. /adj. / noun / verb/ prep./ noun / adverb
Well, she and my young dog walk to town quickly.
pron./ conj. /det. / adj. / noun / verb/ prep./ noun / adverb/ interjection
She and your old boyfriend kiss at school often !
At this point in my life I’m comfortable writing a sentence and knowing I have the necessary components. I do think it’s good to refresh and remind ourselves what words are all about. Despite knowing them, I still pause when someone asks, whats a good verb for… or I need a better adjective for…
My advice about the nine parts of speech.
You might not need to know what they are to use them, but don’t presume everyone does. Not everyone is a walking dictionary. I know I’m not, which is why I’m constantly researching and learning.
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