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CHAPTER THREE29 THE PARTS OF SPEECH In our study of sentences we
learned that the principal word of the subject is usually a word
that names something, ? some person, place, or thing, as boy, city,
house, wagon. All words that name things we put in a class by
themselves. The principal word of the predicate, on the other hand,
we found to be usually some word that asserts action, as rims,
sings. All words that assert action we put in another class by
themselves. So we have already learned something of two of the
classes into which words are divided. There are several of these
classes, and they are called the parts of speech. We must now stop
to learn something about each, in order that we may go on with our
study of sentences. 1. Nouns In the passage that follows, the words
that are names of persons, places, or things are printed in
italics. These words, and all words like them, are called nouns. On
a day in September, long ago, a ship sailed out of the harbor of
Plymouth, in England. On board were men, women, children?-even some
dogs and cats ? and they were all starting on the long voyage
across the ocean to find a home on the strange, wild shores of
America. Exercise. Name things that you have in or on your desk.
Name things you can see in the schoolroom. Name things you can feel
with your finger tips. Name things you saw or heard on your way to
school. All these words, and thousands of others, are alike in
being names of things. They are called nouns. Not only " things "
that we can see or hear or touch are named by nouns, but also such
things as joy, sadness, hope, fear, companionship. Exercise. I.
Point out all the nouns that you can find in these sentences. There
are eighteen in all. 1. Once a tailor and a goldsmith were
traveling together. ...
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