Parts of speech in a poem

I came across the excellent and somewhat funny explanation of the parts of speech. It’s a good way to remember it. Will teach it to my kids one day, if I have any. šŸ™‚

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When I was at school we had a very old fashioned English teacher who believed in the value of analysing sentences into the different parts of speech, & sorting out the function performed by each one. I dread to think how many hours we spent plodding through the sentences she made up as she went along.

This old poem helps us to remember what each part of speech does:

Every name is called a NOUN,
As field and fountain, street and town.
Ā 
In place of the noun a PRONOUN stands,
As he and she can clap their hands.
Ā 
TheĀ ADJECTIVE describes a thing,
AsĀ magicĀ wand andĀ bridal ring.
Ā 
TheĀ VERB means action, something done,
To read, to write, to jump, to run.
Ā 
How things are done theĀ ADVERBS tell,
AsĀ quickly, slowly, badly, well.
Ā 
The PREPOSITION shows relation,
AsĀ inĀ 

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