Parts of Speech – How to Use Them in an Online Course

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I have been able to teach an online course this semester for a very large university. I have been teaching part of speech for the past six years, and this is my 4th time teaching online. It is a huge undertaking! This class has 1,200 students, and no office hours exist.

Most people who have studied English have learned parts of speech, but few of us understand them. They can be tricky and confusing, especially when we try to apply them to English. This is a post about parts of speech.

Parts of speech are words that help define what a word means. They describe the grammatical structure of sentences and how words fit together. In English, there are six parts of speech: nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and conjunctions.

If you have read the book, you know I am a big fan of ‘Parts of Speech’‘. It is one of the best ways to teach people how to use their natural language processing skills to boost their ability to learn quickly, retain information, and use this knowledge to take control of their thinking.

Parts of Speech

Aspects of Speech Usage in Context

Here’s a list of the most common aspects of speech usage in context:







Possessive Pronouns

Let’s say you’re writing a blog post about a person. You’d probably use the pronouns they, them, her, and its. These pronouns are called possessive pronouns.

Pronouns are often difficult for new learners. It can be confusing when you write the word the and then realize you should use “their” instead.

Pronouns are often confused with articles. Articles include the words a, an, the, and so on.

However, pronouns are not articles. They do not take the place of the.

This is why you would write about the person in the sentence “I love him,” but not “I love a.”

In English, you can also use a noun as a pronoun. you can say “my” instead of “I.” You can also use a pronoun as an adjective. For example, you can say “a” instead of “the.”


A determiner is a part of speech that gives more information about a noun or pronoun.

There are four main kinds of determiners:

Determiners are important because they show how a word should be used. They give us a guideline, or direction, of how to use the word. When you see a determiner with a noun, it tells you whether the noun is singular or plural. The definite article is the most common determiner.

“I have three books,” the “a” is the definite article.

The definite article tells you that “books” is plural. In this case, the definite article changes the noun “books” into a plural noun.

If you were to write “I have one book,” the definite article would change the noun “book” to a singular noun. If you want to learn more about the parts of speech, you can find the definition of each detail on the Grammar Girl website.

Using elements of speech correctly

It is vital to learn and understand parts of speech. Otherwise, you’ll write sloppy, confusing sentences and have poor grammar.

Four elements of speech are vital to understanding how parts of speech work:

  • Words
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation
  • Usage


You’ve probably heard this before, but it’s worth repeating. Words are the building blocks of speech. They are the smallest units of communication. The meaning of a sentence comes from the words in it.


This is where the fun begins. Grammar describes the arrangement of words and the rules that govern their order. There are many different types of grammar. Some are more important than others, but all are essential to proper communication.


The final element of speech is punctuation. Punctuation is the way we separate words. It also helps to indicate when a sentence starts and ends. We use a variety of punctuation marks to do this, including commas, periods, colons, semicolons, and apostrophes.


The final element of speech is usage. This is the most important part of speech. It is the way we use words, phrases, and clauses.


A preposition is a word that helps connect phrases. The preposition is often a placeholder for the object of a sentence or a marker of direction.

“He drove to the store,” the preposition ‘to’ is a placeholder for the sentence’s subject. The preposition ‘to’ also helps us connect the phrase ‘the store’ with the words’ drive to’.

Prepositions help us understand the meaning of a sentence. They are also very important in writing. Prepositions are often used to convey a sense of location.

Let’s look at an example of how a preposition can help us communicate more clearly.

“The man stood on the beach.” the preposition ‘on’ helps us understand the sentence’s meaning. The ruling could mean “the man stood near the beach”, “the man stood on the beach”, or “the man stood on the edge of the beach.”

Frequently Asked Questions Parts of Speech

Q: How do you use parts of speech to enhance your students’ writing?

A: You can use parts of speech to add interest to the text. They help you connect the parts of speech to the details of the address (verb, noun, etc.) to the meaning. “The man walked across the room.” If you were looking for a verb, you would know it was “walked” and what that means.

Q: How do you use parts of speech to add information to a sentence?

A: If you are teaching, giving context to the information you present is often important. Using the parts of speech helps to provide the reader with the context of what you’re talking about.

Top Myths About Parts of Speech

  1. The parts of speech are not necessary for the learning of the English language.
  2. The parts of speech are not useful for teaching English.


Now you know a few parts of speech. But how do you use them? To answer this question, we need to look at what each of the details of the address means. A word is made up of a group of letters that make up a word. These are known as the alphabet. The alphabet has 26 letters. These letters are called alphabetical letters or alphabetic letters. The alphabetical letters are also used to write words that have different meanings. This is because many combinations of these letters can make up a word. These are known as the other parts of speech.