85% of People Can't Identify What Part of Speech Is Underlined in These Sentences. Can You?

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85% of People Can't Identify What Part of Speech Is Underlined in These Sentences. Can You?
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About This Quiz

"Conjunction junction, what's your function ..." If you remember those words, you probably loved watching all of the Schoolhouse Rock videos. If you think you remember them well enough, or if you have since become a fan of Grammar Girl, then this quiz is for you. Let's get started to find out how much you actually remember about the parts of speech.

OK, so there are eight parts of speech in the English language. You surely remember the easiest ones: nouns and verbs. And, you probably remember the ones that modify nouns and verbs, adjectives and adverbs, respectively. But where most of us needed a little Schoolhouse Rock education was with the remaining four parts of speech, namely conjunctions, prepositions, interjections, and pronouns.

The fact is that most of us write with little insight into what these parts of speech do or how they work. Yet (did you see what we just did there?), without a full understanding of what these parts of speech do, using them is difficult. If you not only know what the eight parts of speech are but how to use them, then this is the quiz for you.

We challenge you to identify each part of speech in this quiz.

The dog is black and brown.
noun
The word "dog" is a noun. A noun is a person, place, or thing.
verb
adjective

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She wanted a red ball, not a blue ball.
noun
verb
adjective
The word "red" is an adjective. An adjective describes a noun.

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She took all of the cupcakes to school.
noun
The word "cupcakes" is a noun. A noun is a person, place, or thing.
adjective
adverb

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The letter I received was from my father.
noun
verb
preposition
The word "from" is a preposition. A preposition is a word placed in front of (pre-position) noun or pronoun to form a phrase modifying another word in the sentence.

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She ran quickly to the store.
noun
verb
adverb
The word "quickly" is an adverb. An adverb modifies a verb.

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Wow! That's a lot of money!
noun
verb
interjection
The word "wow" is an interjection. An interjection is used to express emotion and is frequently followed by an exclamation point.

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The big, brown cow jumped over the moon.
noun
verb
The word "jumped" is a verb. A verb is an action word.
adjective

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She burned herself on the hot stove.
noun
verb
adjective
The word "hot" is an adjective. An adjective describes a noun.

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He wanted to go home, but he had to finish his dinner first.
preposition
noun
conjunction
The word "but" is a conjunction. A conjunction joins words, phrases and clauses.

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She traveled to Chicago on vacation.
noun
The word "Chicago" is a noun. A noun is a person, place, or thing. As a proper noun, the word "Chicago" must be capitalized.
verb
adverb

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The brown bag was empty.
noun
verb
adjective
The word "brown" is an adjective. An adjective describes a noun.

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She went to the store early in the morning.
pronoun
The word "she" is a pronoun. A pronoun is a noun used in place of a noun.
noun
verb

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The tall girl jumped high over the fence.
verb
adverb
adjective
The word "tall" is an adjective. An adjective describes a noun.

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The boy ran around the block.
noun
verb
The word "ran" is a verb. A verb is an action word.
adjective

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They took the dog to the vet, because he was sick.
conjunction
The word "because" is a conjunction. A conjunction is a word that joins words, phrases, or clauses.
preposition
verb

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He decided to go to the party.
pronoun
The word "he" is a pronoun. A pronoun is used in place of a noun.
verb
adjective

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Hey! That's my car!
interjection
The word "hey" is an interjection. An interjection is used to express emotion and is frequently followed by an exclamation point.
verb
noun

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Australia is the land down under.
noun
The word Australia is a noun. As a proper noun, it is always capitalized.
verb
pronoun

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She went to the store, but she forgot to buy milk.
pronoun
conjunction
The word "but" is a conjunction. A conjunction is a word that joins words, phrases or clauses.
verb

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She waited by the tree for her friends to get out of school.
noun
adjective
preposition
The word "by" is a preposition. A preposition is a word placed in front of (pre-position) noun or pronoun to form a phrase modifying another word in the sentence.

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The young boy rode his bike to the station, and then he took the train home.
preposition
conjunction
The word "and" is a conjunction. A conjunction joins two words, phrases, or clauses.
verb

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Oops! I forgot to do my homework!
verb
interjection
The word "oops" is an interjection. An interjection is used to express emotion and is frequently followed by an exclamation point.
adverb

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She wanted to go to college, yet she didn't work hard for her grades.
verb
nouin
conjunction
The word "yet" is a conjunction. A conjunction is a word that joins words, phrases or clauses.

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Since she couldn't go home for the holidays, she celebrated with some friends.
preposition
conjunction
The word "since" is a conjunction. A conjunction joins words, phrases or clauses.
noun

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They went to the amusement park with their friends.
conjunction
adjective
preposition
The word "with" is a preposition. A preposition is a word placed in front of (pre-position) noun or pronoun to form a phrase modifying another word in the sentence.

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She waited her turn, while all of the other children went home.
noun
verb
conjunction
The word "while" is a conjunction. A conjunction joins words, phrases, and clauses.

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She will not get any candy until tomorrow.
noun
adjective
preposition
The word "until" is a preposition. A preposition is a word placed in front of (pre-position) noun or pronoun to form a phrase modifying another word in the sentence.

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"Cowabunga dude!" said the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
verb
interjection
The word "cowabunga" is an interjection ... although, to be serious. we're not sure if it's actually a word. You should still be able to recognize it as an interjection. An interjection is used to express emotion and is frequently followed by an exclamation point.
preposition

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She asked him several questions about the movie.
preposition
The word "about" is a preposition. A preposition is a word placed in front of (pre-position) noun or pronoun to form a phrase modifying another word in the sentence.
noun
verb

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She was not going to the haunted house, because she doesn't like to be scared.
preposition
noun
conjunction
The word "because" is a conjunction. A conjunction is a word used to join words, phrases or clauses.

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She told the kids to go wait by the car.
conjunction
interjection
preposition
The word "by" is a preposition. A preposition is a word placed in front of (pre-position) noun or pronoun to form a phrase modifying another word in the sentence.

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Oh dear! I can't find my keys!
interjection
The word "oh" is an interjection. An interjection is used to express emotion and is frequently followed by an exclamation point.
preposition
conjunction

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The big, bad wolf huffed and puffed.
conjunction
adjective
The word "bad" is an adjective. An adjective is a word used to describe a noun.
preposition

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Her curiosity about the book was due more to the theme than the substance.
interjection
conjunction
preposition
The word "about" is a preposition. A preposition is a word placed in front of (pre-position) noun or pronoun to form a phrase modifying another word in the sentence.

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He loved to ride roller coasters, but he was afraid of heights.
noun
conjunction
The word "but" is a conjunction. A conjunction is a word used to combine words, phrases or clauses.
verb

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