Words Used as Different Parts of Speech






Words Used as Different Parts of Speech :


As, meaning because, or since, is a Conjunction.

Example :

As the wind was favorable, we set sail.

It is also a part of the Correlative Conjunction as so and of several Complex Conjunctions, as well as, etc.

AS is an Adverb.

BEFORE, AFTER, TILL and UNTIL when followed by a noun or a pronoun in the objective case are Prepositions.

Example :

Come before dinner.
Come after dinner.
Wait till midnight.
Wait until your turn.

BEFORE, AFTER, TILL and UNTIL when not followed by a noun or a pronoun in the objective case are Adverbs.

Example :

Come before I have dined.
Come after I have dined.
Wait till I have dined.
Wait until I have dined.

BOTH is an Adjective when it means the two.

Example :

Both shoes need mending.

BOTH is a Conjunction in all other cases.

Example :

I both love and respect him.

BUT is a Preposition when it means except.

Example :

He lost all his books but (except) his dictionary.

BUT is an Adverb when it means only.

Example :

I but (only) touched him and he cried.

Example :

BUT is a Conjunction in all other instances.

EITHER is a Distributive Adjective Pronoun when it means one of the two.

Example :

Either of the boys may do it.

EITHER is a Conjunction in all other cases.

NEITHER is a Distributive Adjective Pronoun when it means not one of the two.

NEITHER is a Conjunction in all other cases.

FOR is a Conjunction, when it means because, and is used in giving a reason.

Example :

I obey him or he is my father that is because He is my father.

FOR is a Preposition in all other cases.

SINCE, meaning or the reason that is a Conjunction.

Example :

Since it is your wish, I will certainly do it.

SINCE, when placed before a noun denoting a period of time, is a Preposition.

Example :

I have had no food since Monday.

SINCE, in other cases, is an Adverb.

THEN meaning in that case or therefore is a Conjunction.

Example :

If all this be so, then I am right.

THEN, in all other instances, is an Adverb.

THAT is a Relative Pronoun, when, who, whom or which may be used in its place.

Example :

He is the wisest man that lives in our village.

THAT is a Demonstrative Adjective Pronoun when the may be used instead of it.

Example :

That house which I seeā€¦. Means the house which I see.

THAT is a Conjunction in all other cases.

Example :

He wears warm clothes that he may not catch cold. Here, who, whom, which or the could not be used for that.

WHAT is a Relative Pronoun, when that which or those which can be used in its stead.

Example :

Eat what is set before you.

That is EAT that which is set before you.

WHAT is an Interrogative Pronoun when used to ask a question.

Example :

What do you see?

WHAT is an Adjective Pronoun, when joined with a noun, but not asking a question.

Example :

What wonders he performed.

He gave what money he had to the poor.

WHAT, when uttered as a mere exclamation, and to denote surprise, is an Interjection.

Example :

What! abuse your mother!

WHILE, meaning to pass or spend (time), is a Verb.

Example :

They managed to while away the hour very pleasantly.

WHILE, meaning a portion of time, is a noun.

Example :

Let us sing a while.

WHILE, meaning during the time that, is an Adverb.

Example :

The act was done while I was absent.

YET, meaning nevertheless, notwithstanding, is a Conjunction.

Example :

Though he slay me. yet will I trust in him.

YET, meaning up to a certain time, or over and above, is an Adverb.

Example :

Has the boy come yet? I will give you yet one more reason.







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