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What is a word?
This may seem like a funny question, but even the word “word” has a definition. A word is a distinct combination of letters spoken or written to convey a certain meaning. Words form sentences which form collections of ideas used to communicate with others. Words are the building blocks of language. Without words, we would be confined to hand motions, drawings, and meaningless noises.
Words as Parts of Speech
Of course, there are various types of words which work together to create a sentence. For a sentence to make sense, it needs at the very least a noun and verb phrase. More complicated sentences make use of descriptive adjectives and adverbs, prepositional phrases, connecting conjunctions, and others. These are known as parts of speech: the specific types of words which create syntactical, or well-organized, sentences.
A verb is an action or occurrence which forms the main part of the predicate, or verb phrase, of a sentence.
A noun is a word used to identify a person, place, or thing. There are two types of nouns: common nouns and proper nouns. Common nouns are basic names of things, whereas proper nouns are specific names of things.
A pronoun is a more general word which takes the place of a noun. Common pronouns include: I, you, he, she, it, we, they, who, and what.
The definition of an adverb is as simple as a word which is added to a verb. Adverbs describe verbs or phrases. Often, adverbs relate verb phrases to space and time, circumstance, style, cause, or type. They answer questions like “How?”
Whereas adverbs modify verbs, adjectives modify nouns. Adjectives are used to describe nouns. They answer questions like “What does he look like?” “How is it?” and “How are you?”
Prepositions are words used to connect nouns or pronouns in relation to something else in the sentence. This may sound complicated, but prepositions and prepositional phrases are very common in even the most basic sentences. Some common prepositions include: about, above, around, by, between, over, since, through, to, and with.
A conjunction is a connecting word. It connects words, phrases, and clauses within sentences. The most common conjunctions include and, but, and or.
An interjection is a less technical, more natural part of speech than others. Interjections are words which interrupt the flow of speech in order to express strong emotion or feelings like joy, excitement, and shock.