The nine parts of speech

To kick off the year, we’ve sharing a fun poem about parts of speech in language. As speech language pathologists, we find language fascinating and love continuing to understand how parts of speech develop in children. More on this later, but for now…ENJOY!

THE NINE PARTS OF SPEECH​

BY​ JOHN NEALE​

Three little words we often see,
An ARTICLE, a, an, and the.​

A NOUN’S the name of anything,
As school, or garden, hoop or string.​

ADJECTIVES tell the kind of noun,
As great, small, pretty, white or brown.​

Instead of nouns the PRONOUN stand,
John’s head, his face, my arm, your hand.​

VERBS tell of something being done,
To read, write, count, sing, jump or run.​

How things are done, the ADVERBS tell,
As slowly, quickly, ill or well.​

A PREPOSITION stands before
A noun, as in, or through a door.​

CONJUNCTIONS join the nouns together,
As men and children, wind or weather.​

The INTERJECTION shows surprise,
As- oh, how pretty! Ah, how wise!​

The whole are called nine parts of speech!
Which reading, writing, speaking teach.​

Included in The Childs’ Book of Poetry
Re-issued by The Religions Track Society in 1886.

Which parts of speech would you like to know more about, especially in regards developmental milestones? Let us know in the comments!