Name That Part of Speech Quiz


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If you've been out of grammar school for a while, the thought of irregular verbs and subordinate conjunctions might throw you for a loop. Dust off those sentence diagramming skills, and take a crack at our parts of speech quiz.

Don has been up and ABOUT since the kids woke him up at 6 a.m.

"About" is describing the noun "Don," so it's an adjective.

The table, WHICH weighed 300 pounds, was difficult to remove from the house.

"Which" refers to the table. It could replace the noun, so it's a pronoun in this case.

I have been WRITING this quiz for three hours now.

The present participle form of a verb always ends in "ing."

I SHOULD HAVE been walking my dogs instead.

"Should" and "have" are auxiliary verbs that go along with "been."

Or maybe I should have BEEN doing laundry.

"Been" is the past participle of the verb "to be."

I WAS also thinking about eating lunch.

"Was" is the auxiliary verb of the present participle "thinking."

WHO forgot to put the top on the peanut butter jar?

"Who" is a stand-in for a person, or a noun, so it's a pronoun.

That's the guy WHO stole my phone!

Again, "who" is a stand-in, this time for "guy," so it's a pronoun.

You're staying home tonight, and that's that. No IFS, ands or buts.

"If" can take many forms, but here it's just a plain old noun.

You're staying home tonight, and that's that. No ifs, ands OR buts.

The "or" is a conjunction for a list of nouns that are also often conjunctions. Got it?

I am SO excited about the party!

In this sentence, "so" is an adverb because it modifies the adjective "excited."

I was hungry, SO I ate a snack.

"So" is a conjunction that links "I was hungry" and "I ate a snack."

If you want to have a snack, please do SO before dinner.

In this case, "so" is a pronoun because it's referring to something ("have a snack") mentioned earlier.

Say it ain't SO!

If you replace "so" with "true," it's a little easier to realize it's an adjective in this sentence.

SO you decided to come after all!

"So" is an interjection in this case.

WHEN did you say the kids are supposed to go to bed?

"When" is modifying the verb "say," so it's an adverb.

Please clear your place WHEN you're finished eating.

"When" connects two parts of the sentence, so it's a conjunction.

I see A wallet over there, but I'm not sure if it's yours.

"A" is referring to the wallet, but it's nonspecific and therefore indefinite.

We get paid twice A month.

In this instance, "a" can mean "for each," which is a preposition.

CRYING exhausted the baby, so he fell asleep.

"Crying" is a present participle functioning as the subject of the verb "exhausted," so it's a gerund.

The CRYING baby soon became exhausted and fell asleep.

In this case, the present participle "crying" is an adjective describing the baby.

You can run IF your knee feels better.

"If" is a conjunction connecting the two parts of the sentence.


A conditional clause discusses a situation and its possible consequences.

Whatever you do, do NOT enter that room!

"Not" is always an adverb because it modifies adjectives, verbs and other adverbs — in this case, the verb "enter."

She really looks LIKE her mother.

"Like" means "similar to" in this case, so it's a preposition.

The cost will be more LIKE $200.

"Like" is modifying the noun "$200" here, so it's an adjective.

We drove more than A THOUSAND miles to California.

The number is an adjective modifying "miles."

We went THERE to see the elephants.

"There" is an adverb modifying the verb "went."

You take it from HERE — I'm too tired.

"Here" is a noun meaning "this place."

I'm not crying BECAUSE I'm sad; I'm just happy to see you.

"Because" is always a preposition.

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