What are the parts of speech? The parts of speech are the eight categories or kinds of words that we use to speak and to write. When we communicate, we use words called nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, prepositions, verbs, and interjections. These are called the eight parts of speech or the eight kinds of words that we use to make sense.
We group our language into these eight categories. For example, all words that name people, places, or things are called nouns. And all words (such as he, she, it, or they) that take the places of nouns in sentences are called pronouns. Words (such as cold, hot, blue, or beautiful) that describe nouns are called adjectives. Words that show action or being (such as run, jump, am, is , are) are called verbs. Words (such as quickly, slowly, or powerfully) that give us more information about verbs are called adverbs. Words (such as and, but, for, nor, or, so & yet) are called conjunctions. And words (such as wow! and ouch!) that help to express strong emotions are called interjections. These are the eight parts of speech.