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We look at the building blocks of the English language: words. Every word belongs to one category or another, and sometimes more than one category. We call these categories parts of speech. There are 9 basic parts of speech: nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, determiners, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections. We talk about them one by one, with plenty of examples for using them in everyday life.

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Parts of Speech - Introduction

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Here's a quick summary of the different kinds of words we have in the English language and what they are used for.

Parts of Speech - Nouns

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Nouns are usually the first words we learn. The good news is that with nouns, we don't have to worry about gender in English. We do, however, have to be aware of gerunds that act like nouns but look like verbs, and countable or uncountable nouns.

Parts of Speech - Subject Pronouns

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Sigrid reviews the subject pronouns "I," "you," "he," "she," "it," "we," "you," and "they."

Parts of Speech - Object Pronouns

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Sigrid reviews the object pronouns: "me," "you," "him," "her," "it," "us," "you," and "them."

Parts of Speech - Possessive Pronouns - Part 1

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Sigrid talks about the difference between possessive nouns and other possessive words such as possessive determiners or articles like "my" and "your."

Parts of Speech - Possessive Pronouns - Part 2

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Sigrid takes us through the different persons using dependent possessive pronouns, also called possessive adjectives or possessive determiners. These little words are important when talking about names, your possessions, family and friends, characteristics, jobs, favorite things and just about everything else.

Parts of Speech - Possessive Pronouns - Part 3

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True possessive pronouns can stand alone. They replace both the noun and its possessive adjective or determiner. These pronouns are very handy in introductions and conversations about favorites.

Parts of Speech - Prop Words: One and Ones

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"One" and "ones" can replace nouns, but are not pronouns. They are prop words. Let's look at how they are used.

Parts of Speech - Which? This and That, These and Those

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Here are some words to help answer the question "Which one?" We distinguish between singular and plural as well as between something close to us and far away.

Parts of Speech - About the "prop" in prop word

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Sigrid explains the meaning of "prop" as both a noun and a verb. Either one can come in handy.

Parts of Speech - Some and Any - Part 1

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Some and any both refer to an unspecified quantity, but they are used in different situations. Sigrid explains how they work.

Parts of Speech - Some and Any - Part 2

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In this video, Sigrid looks at certain kinds of questions in which it is correct to use "some," the dreaded double negative, and negative statements that can be expressed in two different ways.

Parts of Speech - Not, Any, and No

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Sigrid goes over examples in which "no" takes the place of "not any." As always, you have to watch out for double negatives.

Parts of Speech - None, Something, Anything, Nothing

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"None," "something," "anything," and "nothing" can be used as pronouns. Sigrid explains how these words work.

Parts of Speech - Somebody, Anybody, Nobody

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Just as we use "something," "anything," and "nothing" for things, we use "someone," "somebody," "anybody," "anyone," and "nobody" for people.

Parts of Speech - Question Words - Part 1

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We often use question words to ask questions. The five main ones start with "wh." Sigrid explains how they work.

Parts of Speech - Question Words - Part 2

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Sigrid, here as Rita and Kathy, has fun practicing the 5 question words ("who," "what," "where," "when," and "why") on a train. She makes quite a nuisance of herself, too. More about the 5 W's in: Parts of Speech: Question Words - Part 1 of 3.

Parts of Speech - Question Words - Part 3

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There's one more important question word to learn: "how." Sigrid provides plenty of examples of questions with "how," both by itself and together with an adjective or adverb.

Parts of Speech - Question Words - Part 4

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Sigrid uses the question words "who," "what," "when," "where," "why," and "how" as she thinks out loud about her next vacation. Where will she go? How will she get there? How much will it cost?

Parts of Speech - Question Words - Part 5

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Sigrid packs her carry-on bag for the flight to Paris. She talks about what she needs to pack, and why.

Parts of Speech - Some and Any plus Question Words - Part 1

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We use question words plus words like "some" and "any" to form new indefinite words, such as "sometime," "sometimes," and "anytime." This video is about question words "who," "what," and "when."

Parts of Speech - Some and Any plus Question Words - Part 2

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This video is about indefinite answers to the question words "where" and "how." We combine these question words with "some" and "any" to form new indefinite words, such as "somewhere," "somehow," "anywhere," "anyhow," and "anyway."

Parts of Speech - Adjectives - Part 1

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Adjectives are an important part of speech. They give us additional information about nouns. Let's look at how they work in English.

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