To master English, one must have a very good foundation of the English language, which begins with understanding the categories the different words belong to. These categories are called “Parts of Speech,” which are the building blocks of forming sentences. Each word in the English language belongs to eight different categories:
- Noun. Person (Chris, that’s me), place (American Institute for English Proficiency, that’s where I teach), thing (English, that’s what I teach), or an idea (freedom, that’s what I want to have). You can proper nouns (specific names of people like Chris and places like Makati or Quezon City) or improper nouns (general names like mom or places like school).
To make it easier for you to remember, look at it as an acronym:
VAN (Automobile), CAP (Hat), PI (In math, it’s roughly equal to 3.14. For Filipinos, it’s the Philippine Islands). To make it even easier to remember, create a sentence out of it. I drove my VAN, put on my CAP, and thought about the PI. Trying playing around with it.
Okay, I know this post is not complete. I will come back to give definitions to the rest of the parts of speech. Let the picture above guide you for now. In any case, this should be very basic for you. Come back often because I will soon be posting intermediate to advanced writing and grammar tips.