An Online Quiz on the 8 Parts of Speech

An Online Quiz on the 8 Parts of Speech

By: Roe S. Riofrio


In learning how to use English whether in writing or speaking, we must consider first the different parts of speech. I must say that parts of speech are the foundation of grammar. It is difficult to follow rules in grammar if you don’t have much knowledge in the different parts of speech.

That is why in this article we will discuss them one by one and you can familiarize yourself from the given examples.  A quiz is also included for you to check your understanding after reading and learning the discussion before the quiz. Let us start the lesson now and enjoy reading.

“Parts of speech” are the basic types of words that English has. Most grammar books say that there are eight parts of speech: nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, conjunctions, prepositions and interjections. We will add one more type: articles.

It is important to be able to recognize and identify the different types of words in English, so that you can understand grammar explanations and use the right word form in the right place. Here is a brief explanation of what the parts of speech are:


A noun is a naming word. It names a person, place, thing, idea, living creature, quality, or action.
Examples: cowboy, theatre, box, thought, tree, kindness, arrival


A verb is a word which describes an action (doing something) or a state (being something).
Examples: walk, talk, think, believe, live, like, want


An adjective is a word that describes a noun. It tells you something about the noun.
Examples: big, yellow, thin, amazing, beautiful, quick, important


An adverb is a word which usually describes a verb. It tells you how something is done. It may also tell you when or where something happened.
Examples: slowly, intelligently, well, yesterday, tomorrow, here, everywhere


A pronoun is used instead of a noun, to avoid repeating the noun.
Examples: I, you, he, she, it, we, they


A conjunction joins two words, phrases or sentences together.
Examples: but, so, and, because, or


A preposition usually comes before a noun, pronoun or noun phrase. It joins the noun to some other part of the sentence.
Examples: on, in, by, with, under, through, at


An interjection is an unusual kind of word, because it often stands alone. Interjections are words which express emotion or surprise, and they are usually followed by exclamation marks.
Examples: Ouch!, Hello!, Hurray!, Oh no!, Ha!



Parts of Speech Table

This is a summary of the 8 parts of speech.

You can also see these parts of speech examples

part of speech

function or "job"

example words

example sentences


action or state

(to) be, have, do, like, work, sing, can, must

EnglishClub is a web site. I like EnglishClub.


thing or person

pen, dog, work, music, town, London, teacher, John

This is my dog. He lives in my house. We live in London.


describes a noun

a/an, the, 2, some, good, big, red, well, interesting

I have two dogs. My dogs are big. I like big dogs.


describes a verb, adjective or adverb

quickly, silently, well, badly, very, really

My dog eats quickly. When he is very hungry, he eats really quickly.


replaces a noun

I, you, he, she, some

Tara is Indian. She is beautiful.


links a noun to another word

to, at, after, on, but

We went to school on Monday.


joins clauses or sentences or words

and, but, when

I like dogs and I like cats. I like cats and dogs. I like dogs but I don't like cats.


short exclamation, sometimes inserted into a sentence

oh!, ouch!, hi!, well

Ouch! That hurts! Hi! How are you? Well, I don't know.




You may now take the quiz. Good luck!


Whether you use this quiz or not as your key to pass the exam, the most important thing you need to do before taking any examinations is to prepare yourself, be healthy and study harder beforehand.  Yes, you can always rely on your schema but as the lines says, “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.” Thank you very much!

Something about the Author: Mr. Roe S. Riofrio has been teaching at Mandaluyong High School since November 2009. He teaches English to Grade 7 students. He is also currently taking his Masters Degree in Instructional Technology at Rizal Technological University, Mandaluyong. He would also like to thank his Professor in Advance Instructional Techmology, Prof. Jensen dg. Mañebog and his classmates for the support and motivation for him to finish this online reviewer. May God bless us always!

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