MY CALENDAR MY QUIZZES MY PUZZLES contact info home page
Mrs Stluka
Mrs Stluka
Homework Assignments
Homework Assignments
Vocabulary
Vocabulary
Academic UIL
Academic UIL
English Notes
English Notes
» Nouns and Pronouns
» Verbs
» Adjectives and Adverbs
» Prepositions
» Conjunctions and Interjections
» Strategies for Identifying Parts of Speech
» Parts of a Sentence
» Parts of a Sentence
» Phrases and Clauses
» Effective Sentences
» Using Verbs
» Using Pronouns
» Agreement
» Using Modifiers
» Punctuation
» Capitalization
» Notes over Comma Usage
» Strategies for Finding Phrases
Jr. High Literary Terms
Jr. High Literary Terms
Writing Notes
Writing Notes
SJH Student Council
SJH Student Council
AR
AR
Philosophy of Teaching Literature
Philosophy of Teaching Literature
Grading Policy
Grading Policy
Late Policy
Late Policy
STAAR Testing Information
STAAR Testing Information
Class Rules
Class Rules
Supply Lists
Supply Lists
VISA Card Information
VISA Card Information
Helpful Links
Helpful Links
Favorite Quotes
Favorite Quotes
101 Ways to Cope with Stress
101 Ways to Cope with Stress
Bell Schedule
Bell Schedule
Study Hints
Study Hints
Winners vs. Losers
Winners vs. Losers
Meet the Teacher
Meet the Teacher
Parent Correspondence
Parent Correspondence
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions

my logo
English Notes » Strategies for Identifying Parts of Speech

Strategies for Identifying Parts of Speech Strategies for Identifying Parts of Speech

Strategies for Identifying the

Parts of Speech of Words

  1. Read the sentence aloud. (Whisper if you’re in the classroom.)
  2. Find the verb in the sentence. Usually it’s something one can do. A verb can also be linking.
  1. The following verbs are always linking when used by themselves: be, am, is, are, was, were, has been, have been, had been.
  2. The following verbs are tricky because they can be action or linking: appear, become, feel, grow, look, remain, seem, smell, sound, stay, taste, turn
  3. In jr. high, become and seem will always be linking verbs
  1. Once you find the verb, ask yourself, "Who or what did the action?" (Ex: Sam ate tuna for lunch. Ate is the verb – it’s something that one can do. Then ask, "Who or what ate?" The answer would be Sam. This is the subject of the sentence.)
  2. Once you’ve found the subject, determine if it’s one of the words we learned to be a pronoun. If it’s not, the word would be a noun.
  3. See if there’s any word describing the subject. Any word(s) telling you which one? What kind? How many? How much? would be an adjective. Anything describing the adjective would be an adverb.
  4. Find the verb again. See if there’s a word(s) telling you how it’s done, where it’s done, when it’s done or to what extent it’s done. This word would be an adverb.
  5. If you know prepositional phrases (and all of the prepositions are in your book) please place parenthesis around them. The first word will be a preposition and the last word would have to be a noun or a pronoun. Any word describing the noun/pronoun would be an adjective. Any word describing the adjective would be an adverb. Words joining adjectives (or adverbs) would be conjunctions.
  6. Look for complements by taking the subject and the verb and asking what? or whom?
  7. Example: Kara bought me a new dress.

    Kara bought what? a new dress (Dress would be the direct object)

    Kara bought a new dress for whom? me (Me would be the indirect object)

    Please remember that a DO or an IO has to be a noun or a pronoun. If there’s a linking verb in the sentence, the complement could be a noun, pronoun or adjective.

  8. Remember that and, or, and but are always conjunctions. Yet can be a conjunction or an adverb. (If it’s at the end of the sentence, it’ll be an adverb.)
  9. Please remember that interjections are usually at the beginning of a sentence and are ALWAYS followed by a comma or an exclamation mark.







Mrs. Stluka's Web Site
Shiner ISD
P.O. Drawer 804
510 CR 348
Shiner, TX 77984


SchoolWorld a Blackboard Solution
Teacher Websites © 2017 Blackboard