• Here's a little rhyme — by David B. Tower & Benjamin F. Tweed —that teachers used in days gone by to help students learn the parts of speech. (Why the song leaves out pronouns is a mystery. A writer from Richland, Washington, suggests "A PRONOUN replaces any noun: / he, she, it, and you are found. )
    Three little words you often see
    Are ARTICLES: a, an, and the.

    A NOUN's the name of anything,
    As: school or garden, toy, or swing.

    ADJECTIVES tell the kind of noun,
    As: great, small, pretty, white, or brown.

    VERBS tell of something being done:
    To read, write, count, sing, jump, or run.
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    How things are done the ADVERBS tell,
    As: slowly, quickly, badly, well.

    CONJUNCTIONS join the words together,
    As: men and women, wind or weather.

    The PREPOSITION stands before
    A noun as: in or through a door.

    The INTERJECTION shows surprise
    As: Oh, how pretty! Ah! how wise!

    The whole are called the PARTS of SPEECH,
    Which reading, writing, speaking teach.
Last Modified on November 27, 2017