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Word classes: nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc


Look at the different kinds of word in this sentence.

I have an important conference at work tomorrow so I am rather busy.


2. What kind of word?

There are eight different kinds of word in English. They are called ‘word classes’ or ‘parts of speech’. Here are some examples from conversations in the café.

The numbers after the examples tell you which units in the books give you more imformation.

  1. Verb: have, am, is, would, like, come, are, sitting, look
  2. Noun: comference, work, coffee, party, Saturday, Jessica, driends, corner
  3. Adjective: important, busy, good, cheap.
  4. Adverb: tomorrow, rather, really, here
  5. Preposition: at, to, on, in
  6. Determiner: an, this, our, the
  7. Pronoun: I, it, you
  8. Linking word: so, and

Words in sentences

Some words can belong to different classes depending on how they are used in a sentence.


            Can I look at your photos?

            We work on Saturday morning.


            I like the look of that coat.

           I’ll be at work tomorrow.

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