Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsThis is an extract from the academic essay which you have already seen. The nouns have been highlighted here. Notice that some of the nouns are compound nouns, where two nouns are put together for example “food waste”, “retail stage”, and that many words ending “–ing” and derived from verbs, like “manufacturing”, also work as nouns.

Skip to 0 minutes and 36 secondsAnd here the verbs have been highlighted. Notice that there is mix of present and past tense forms, that sometimes a verb phrase includes two or more words, - “can be impacted” - and that adverbs sometimes modify the meaning of verbs - “can be negatively impacted”.

Skip to 1 minute and 3 secondsThese words are all adjectives. In each case here these modify the meanings of nouns – “total food depletion”, “extensive yet harmful effects”, “economic development”.

Skip to 1 minute and 21 secondsThese words are adverbs. Many words ending “-ly” are adverbs – here we have “approximately” and “negatively” – but not all words ending “–ly” are adverbs. There are a number of adjectives, nouns and verbs that also end “–ly”, and there are many adverbs which do not end “-ly”, such as “even” here.

Parts of speech

Watch Jonathan go through the extract from the previous Step and classify the words in groups. Did you get the word classes right?

Now that you have seen an example of different word classes including: noun, pronoun, verb, adjective, adverb, conjunction, preposition, determiner, check your understanding in the follow-up quiz. Do not forget to mark this Step complete before you move on.

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An Intermediate Guide to Writing in English for University Study

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