The Parts of Speech: Nouns, Verbs and the Other Seven

The 'content' parts of speech are nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs; the ‘linking’ ones are conjunctions, connectives and prepositions; and the ones you mightn’t have heard of – oh, dear! – are interjections. We use all nine building blocks of English to compose and punctuate phrases, clauses, sentences and paragraphs. Whether you did or didn’t learn about them at school, you’ll enjoy studying them in detail, learning how they behave and relate to each other in sentences, discussing how to solve common problems, and ultimately strengthening your writing – all in a collegial setting!

DELIVERY MODE

  • Face to face

SUGGESTED READING

  • Doyle, D., (2003). Grey Areas and Gremlins: A grammar and punctuation refresher, ISBN 9780646424835; optional to purchase via debdoyle.com.au, as a paperback or PDF

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Identify each of the nine parts of speech via definitions and examples.
  • Discuss ways to solve the common problems that writers and editors encounter.
  • Complete collegial exercises to reinforce the learning.

Please bring a ruled A4-size notepad, a four-colour pen (red, blue, green and black), a yellow highlighter pen, a pencil, an eraser and a bottle of correction fluid.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. use the nine parts of speech correctly in any sentence
  2. identify and eliminate or replace incorrect words
  3. move words around to retain the meaning but make it clearer
  4. understand when more than one solution is acceptable.
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