Part of speech – catégorie grammaticale


Let's Define It!

What's a *part of speech*?

Called une catégorie grammaticale in French, a part of speech  is nothing but a linguistic designation for groups such as nouns, verbs, adverbs, prepositions and so on.

Every word making up the French language is assigned a part of speech based on the syntactic function it plays. In other words, a part of speech makes it easy to know the role of every word in a sentence.

There are eight or nine parts of speech depending on whether you include differentiate between qualifying adjectives and determiners (articles).


Let's Pronounce It!

What does it sound like in French?


Let's Have an Example or Two!

Can a little reinforcement do the trick?

Here is small list of words each with their assigned part of speech:

  • mangeais (verb)
  • Claude (noun)
  • sans (preposition)
  • belle (adjective)
  • donc (conjunction)
  • elle (pronoun)
  • bientôt (adverb)
  • Eh! (interjection)
  • le (article, determiner)



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