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Parts of Speech Quiz


Look at the highlighted sentence below.
Can you name each part of speech for each of the highlighted words?
Check to see if you're correct by moving the arrow over or touching each highlighted word.
The part of speech will appear in the box, and an explanation follows each example.

1. Jesus is the Savior of all people.

Answers and explanations:

If you think is acts as the verb of the sentence, ask yourself, Who is our Savior?
The answer is Jesus. Therefore, Jesus is a noun and the subject in this sentence.

be, am, is, are, was, and were are state of being verbs or linking verbs.

adjective Note: An article is a kind of adjective.
"The" denotes one or more people or things already mentioned or assumed to be common knowledge.

Savior is preceded by the article the. The or a is followed by: a noun. A noun may be preceded by an adjective or an adverb or both.

The word of begins a group of words that ends in a noun and has no verbs in it (This is a good way to find prepositional phrases).
Prepositional phrases always give added information about the subject and verb, yet they never contain the subject or verb of the sentence. The prepositional phrase in the sentence is: "of all people".
A prepositional phrase begins with a little word-the preposition, ends with a noun, and contains no subject or verb (The phrase is not an independent clause).

Adjectives give added information about nouns.
In this example, all adds information about the number of people.
How many people? Answer: all

The noun people ends the prepositional phrase and is not the subject of the sentence. Sentences may contain many nouns, but not all nouns are subjects.

2. The disciples became highly competent speakers and evangelists.

Answers and explanations:

How competent did the disciples become as evangelists? Answer: highly.
Since highly describes an adjective, it is an adverb (Sometimes, an adverb will describe an adjective).

The word and joins word groups (highly competent speakers and evangelists).

3. If Jesus had not risen from the dead, the disciples would not have become great evangelists.

Answers and explanations:

dependent conjunction
All the words before the comma serve as an introduction. The first word if is a dependent conjunction at the beginning of a dependent clause. Therefore, a complete sentence needs to follow the comma.

Although had and have don�t look like a verbs, they function as helping verbs in the sentence. Note: risen (past participle) follows had.

From is the first word of the prepositional phrase: from the dead.

Since great gives you added information about the noun evangelists, great is an adjective in the sentence.

4. Jesus is the Savior of all people; He died on the cross for us.

Answers and explanations:

Savior comes after the word the, so it is a noun. Jesus our Savior is the subject of the sentence.

The pronoun takes the place of the name or the title of the person in the sentence.


Look at the definitions below. Think of the name of the part of speech.
Move the mouse over or touch each definition to see if you are correct.


first word of a prepositional phrase

modifies a verb, adjective, or adverb

joins words, phrases, or clauses

describes a noun or pronoun

substitutes for a noun

names a person, place, thing, or idea

expresses action or state of being

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