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    #1

    Did I identify the parts of the speech correctly?

    Hi, in the phrase:

    Read a book a day

    Read is a verb
    the two "a" letters are articles
    the words "book" and "day" are nouns

    Am I right?

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    #2

    Re: Did I identify the parts of the speech correctly?

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    Hello, Zoli:

    Congratulations! I think that you've done a great job.

    (You) = the understood subject. A pronoun.

    read = verb. (Imperative. That is, it's an order, command, suggestion, etc.)

    a = adjective. (A newer term, I believe, is "determiner.")

    book = noun.

    a = adjective / determiner.

    day = noun.

    * "a day" in your sentence is being used as an adverb. That is to say, it modifies the verb "read."

    As one of my favorite books would explain it, your sentence means something like: (You) read a book to the extent of a day. (In other words, you should read 365 books in a year.)
    Last edited by TheParser; 05-Jun-2015 at 10:42.

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    #3

    Re: Did I identify the parts of the speech correctly?

    Thank you. Your time is greatly appreciated. I have one more question (and promise this is the last). In the phrase:

    The boots on top are mine.

    I'm not sure what "top" and "mine" are? Are both nouns?

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    #4

    Re: Did I identify the parts of the speech correctly?

    I think they are a noun and a pronoun respectively, but I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: Did I identify the parts of the speech correctly?

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

    Thank you for your kind note.

    Remember that the members here want you to ask all the questions that you want.

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    The = Adjective / determiner.

    boots = noun.

    on = preposition.

    top = noun. (As you know, one uses a noun or pronoun after a preposition.)

    are = (linking) verb.

    mine = (a) As you can see, the word "mine" refers to the noun phrase "the boots."; (b) And as you know, if a word takes the place of a noun, that word is called a pronoun ("for the noun").

    For example:

    Don't touch that donut! It [that donut] is mine [my donut].
    I won't eat that donut. I know that it is yours [your donut].
    The forms of the other so-called possessive pronouns are: his, hers, ours, theirs. ("My house is big, but hers [her house] is even bigger than mine [my house].")

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    #6

    Re: Did I identify the parts of the speech correctly?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zoli View Post
    Hi, in the sentence:

    "Read a book a day", "read" is a verb, the two "a" letters are indefinite articles, and the words "book" and "day" are nouns.

    Am I right?
    You are, but your punctuation needs work.

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