identifying parts of speech

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malik naseem abbas

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sir i request you to identify the following underlined words as parts of speech:
1 You can guess only.
2 Teach me swimming.
3 Talk about the problem.
4 Which book do you want?
5 How did you go?
6 Who is the cleverer of the two?
 

Dawood Usmani

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sir i request you to identify the following underlined words as parts of speech:
1 You can guess only. (Adverb)
2 Teach me swimming. (I have a doubt about this sentence.IMO, That should write "teach me to swim".If this is also correct and I guess is, then swimming is the noun as the second object of the verb teach in form of gerund.)
3 Talk about the problem. (Preposition)
4 Which book do you want? (Determiner)
5 How did you go? (Adverb)
6 Who is the cleverer of the two?(Pronoun, noun)

Hope this helps a bit
Best regards!
Dawood :lilangel:
 
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malik naseem abbas

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Thanks alot
you are right to say about 'swimming' it is gerundive noun but as far as 'about' is concerened i need further help because according to another friend of mine it is adverb on the ground that it qualifies the verb 'talk' and the word 'which' is adjective. I need more help about figures i.e 1,2,3 as in the given sentence 'the two' is noun why? Do we consider figures as noun. please do help.
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Dawood Usmani

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Thanks alot
you are right to say about 'swimming' it is gerundive noun but as far as 'about' is concerened i need further help because according to another friend of mine it is adverb on the ground that it qualifies the verb 'talk' and the word 'which' is adjective. I need more help about figures i.e 1,2,3 as in the given sentence 'the two' is noun why? Do we consider figures as noun. please do help.
thanks
Salam!
(1)"about the problem" is the adverbial object of the verb talk. Your friend is right. About is a preposition and the thing that follows the preposition is its object. Preposition with its object becomes prepositional phrase and this prepositional phrase is also an adverbial which does the job of an adverb.
(2) A determiner is a word belonging to a group of noun modifiers, which includes articles, demonstratives, possessive adjectives, and words such as any, both, or whose, and, in English, occupying the first position in a noun phrase or following another determiner. So your friend is once again right because you can use "determiner" and "adjective" interchangeably most of the time.
(3) The word two is used as a noun here.
Who is the cleverer of the two? = Who is the cleverer of the students?
Sometimes the word two is a determiner e.g. They've got two houses.
Hope this has helped a bit.
Regards!
Dawood
 
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