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Grammar/Parts of Speech

  • TIP Sheet: The Eight Parts of Speech
    This webpage from Butte College provides a discussion and examples of each part of speech. Use the menu on the left to link to sections that explain each of the parts of speech in detail.
  • The OWL at Purdue: Parts of Speech Overview
    This site provides an excellent overview if nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions. The sections on verbs and prepositions are especially useful for non-native writers.
  • Parts of Speech at Grammarbook.com
    This comprehensive grammar site includes mini-quizzes on subjects, verbs, pronouns, modifiers, and more. If you are looking for drills or practice, select “FREE Online Quizzes” from the left menu.
  • Guide to Grammar and Style
    This site, presented by Jack Lynch of Rutgers University, contains an A-Z index that is a springboard to articles about usage of parts of speech and discussions about good writing style.
  • The Elements of Style
    Adapted from William Strunk’s Elements of Style, this resource explores the rules of usage and the principles of composition that are most commonly violated.
  • Grammar Slammer: Style and Usage
    This section from Grammar Slammer provides direct links to topics related to style and usage.
  • Grammar Interactive Exercises (practice)
    This resource from Empire State College contains over a dozen grammar exercises. The correct and incorrect answers in each section are explained in detail.
  • Guide to Grammar and Writing: Interactive Quizzes (practice)
    Sponsored by the Capital Community College Foundation, this site includes interactive quizzes covering all aspects of grammar. Scroll down the page and visit the links under “Basic Sentence Parts” to quiz yourself on the different parts of speech.

Introduction to Grammar (Film Clips):

  • Parts of Speech 1
    This film looks at nouns, pronouns, and adjectives. Singular and plural subjects are also covered.
  • Parts of Speech 2
    This film provides an overview of verbs and verb tenses. Verbals, gerunds, and infinitives are also covered.
  • Parts of Speech 3
    This film explores the building blocks of grammar, including adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, interjections, and more. Simple sentences, compound sentences, and complex sentences are also covered.
  • Flexibility in English: Common Errors
    This film examines common grammatical errors in subject/verb agreement and article/noun agreement.
  • Common Errors 2: “Acceptable Errors”
    In addition to looking at three unequivocal errors in grammar (sentence fragments, comma splices, and run-on sentences), this film also examines syntactical errors that many people no longer consider unacceptable.