Name That Part of Speech Quiz

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Name That Part of Speech Quiz
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About This Quiz

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

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The table, WHICH weighed 300 pounds, was difficult to remove from the house.
adjective
pronoun
"Which" refers to the table. It could replace the noun, so it's a pronoun in this case.
direct object

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I have been WRITING this quiz for three hours now.
present participle
The present participle form of a verb always ends in "ing."
infinitive
auxiliary verb

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I SHOULD HAVE been walking my dogs instead.
interjection
past participle
auxiliary verb
"Should" and "have" are auxiliary verbs that go along with "been."

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Or maybe I should have BEEN doing laundry.
verb
present participle
past participle
"Been" is the past participle of the verb "to be."

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I WAS also thinking about eating lunch.
past participle
auxiliary verb
"Was" is the auxiliary verb of the present participle "thinking."
simple past verb

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WHO forgot to put the top on the peanut butter jar?
indirect object
noun
pronoun
"Who" is a stand-in for a person, or a noun, so it's a pronoun.

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That's the guy WHO stole my phone!
pronoun
Again, "who" is a stand-in, this time for "guy," so it's a pronoun.
noun
conjunction

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You're staying home tonight, and that's that. No IFS, ands or buts.
pronoun
noun
"If" can take many forms, but here it's just a plain old noun.
conjunction

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You're staying home tonight, and that's that. No ifs, ands OR buts.
pronoun
noun
conjunction
The "or" is a conjunction for a list of nouns that are also often conjunctions. Got it?

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I am SO excited about the party!
interjection
adjective
adverb
In this sentence, "so" is an adverb because it modifies the adjective "excited."

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I was hungry, SO I ate a snack.
interjection
conjunction
"So" is a conjunction that links "I was hungry" and "I ate a snack."
indirect object

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If you want to have a snack, please do SO before dinner.
pronoun
In this case, "so" is a pronoun because it's referring to something ("have a snack") mentioned earlier.
conditional clause
conjunction

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Say it ain't SO!
pronoun
noun
adjective
If you replace "so" with "true," it's a little easier to realize it's an adjective in this sentence.

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SO you decided to come after all!
exclamation
interjection
"So" is an interjection in this case.
conjunction

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WHEN did you say the kids are supposed to go to bed?
adverb
"When" is modifying the verb "say," so it's an adverb.
adjective
preposition

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Please clear your place WHEN you're finished eating.
conjunction
"When" connects two parts of the sentence, so it's a conjunction.
preposition
dependent adjective

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I see A wallet over there, but I'm not sure if it's yours.
definite object
indefinite article
"A" is referring to the wallet, but it's nonspecific and therefore indefinite.
adjective

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We get paid twice A month.
pronoun
preposition
In this instance, "a" can mean "for each," which is a preposition.
adjective

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CRYING exhausted the baby, so he fell asleep.
auxiliary verb
gerund
"Crying" is a present participle functioning as the subject of the verb "exhausted," so it's a gerund.
noun

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The CRYING baby soon became exhausted and fell asleep.
present participle as adjective
In this case, the present participle "crying" is an adjective describing the baby.
adjective
adverb

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You can run IF your knee feels better.
interjection
preposition
conjunction
"If" is a conjunction connecting the two parts of the sentence.

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You can run IF YOUR KNEE FEELS BETTER.
conditional clause
A conditional clause discusses a situation and its possible consequences.
prepositional phrase
independent clause

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Whatever you do, do NOT enter that room!
interjection
adjective
adverb
"Not" is always an adverb because it modifies adjectives, verbs and other adverbs — in this case, the verb "enter."

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She really looks LIKE her mother.
adjective
preposition
"Like" means "similar to" in this case, so it's a preposition.
adverb

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The cost will be more LIKE $200.
adjective
"Like" is modifying the noun "$200" here, so it's an adjective.
adverb
preposition

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We drove more than A THOUSAND miles to California.
adjective
The number is an adjective modifying "miles."
noun
number

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We went THERE to see the elephants.
adverb
"There" is an adverb modifying the verb "went."
noun
place

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You take it from HERE — I'm too tired.
preposition
adjective
noun
"Here" is a noun meaning "this place."

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I'm not crying BECAUSE I'm sad; I'm just happy to see you.
conjunction
preposition
"Because" is always a preposition.
restrictive verb

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