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    parts of speech: all

    Dear teachers,

    Would you please tell me what are the parts of speech of the words in the following sentence ?

    All is well that ends well.

    all = indefinite pronoun ?
    is = verb
    well = descriptive adjective
    that = relative pronoun
    ends = verb
    well = adverb ?

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    Hela

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    Re: parts of speech: all

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Hela:


    1. I believe that you are 100% correct.

    a. I believe that for the sake of analysis and in order to use the wonderful Reed-Kellogg diagramming system, we

    would have to reorder some words:

    i. All that ends well is well.

    (a) "All" is a so-called indefinite pronoun. (Although one expert * asks "What is indefinite about" it?)

    (b) "is" is a linking verb.

    (c)"well" is an adjective that refers to "all." (And as another book ** says, "all" often means "everything.")

    (d) Since we know that it is a lie to say that in this world "All [everything] is well," we have to qualify "all."

    (i) In other words, all/everything that ends well is well. (An adjective clause that modifies "all.")

    [After analysis and diagramming, you can change it back to its customary order: All is well that ends well.]

    Hopefully, Mr. Antonson will find time to draw a diagram for us.


    James

    * Dr. Paul Roberts, Understanding Grammar (1954), page 85.
    ** Dr. Randolph Quirk et al, A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language (1985), page 382.

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    Re: parts of speech: all

    James,

    I agree completely.

    I am so out of practice with diagramming online, that I may have to wait until I have time to "re-start".

    Frank

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