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huxley

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I'm taking a correspondence course. This is one of the exercises that I need to submit. So please only grammar exerperts.

1.give the part of speach of each word in the following passge.

Here are what you can use : noun, pronoun,adjective,verb,(verbals)infinitive,gerund,participle, adverb,preposition, conjunction,interjection.

In the marshy mists of a deserted village churchyard, a shivering, limping convict on the run suddenly terrifies Pip, a tiny orphan boy. Years later, a supremely arrogant young Pip boards the coach to london where, by the grace of a mysterious benefactor, he will eagerly join the ranks of the idle rich and “become a gentleman.”

These are my answers.


In(prep) the marshy(adj) mists(noun) of(prep) a deserted(adv) village(adj) churchyard(noun), a shivering(adj), limping(adj) convict(noun) on the run suddenly(adv) terrifies(verb) Pip(noun), a tiny(adj) orphan(adj) boy(noun). Years later, a supremely(adv) arrogant(adj) young(adj) Pip(noun) boards(verb) the coach(noun) to(prep) london(noun) where, by the grace(noun) of(prep) a mysterious(adj) benefactor(noun), he(pronoun) will(verb) eagerly(adv) join(verb) the ranks(noun) of the idle(adj) rich(noun) and “become(verb) a gentleman(noun).”

are my answers good? I would like some help please. Other words in that paragraph I don't know what to classify them as.

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Just correct the following. The rest is OK.

deserted= Adjective
village= Noun (Yes. It is a noun though it premodifies another one)
orphan= Noun (Here again you have a noun that pre-modifies another one)
 

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Just correct the following. The rest is OK.

deserted= Adjective
village= Noun (Yes. It is a noun though it premodifies another one)
orphan= Noun (Here again you have a noun that pre-modifies another one)

yes, (deserted ) is an adjective..thanks... i should go review that rule about a comma between adjectives.... I think it's , you place a comma between the two if you can say "and" something like that.

secondly, why would (village) be a noun, because doesn't it describe/modify the word" churchyard"

and too, why would (orphan) be a noun, because doesn't it describe/modify the word"boy"

thanks again for the help.
 
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"Village" is simply a noun because it is a noun. You have however a good point.

Indeed it is a very good question.

In fact, the original sentence is:

A churchyard in a village

But as other languages, including Arabic (my mother tongue), do, a noun like "village" can come beofore another noun "churchyard" to modify it (i.e. to describe it).

If it is not clear, please let me know.
 
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