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parts of speech

Classifications of words according to their relations to each other and to the things they represent. Different parts of speech name actions, name the performers of actions, describe the performers or actions, and so on. The common parts of speech are adjectives, adverbs, articles, conjunctions, interjections, nouns, prepositions, pronouns, and verbs.

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