The Same Word used as Different Parts of Speech

A word can function as several different parts of speech. A word can be a noun in one sentence and an adjective or verb in the next. We can’t know what part of speech a word is until we see what work it is doing in a sentence. A word can do different jobs in different sentences. It is the function or use that determines to which part a word belongs in a given sentence.

Here are a few examples of some words which can be used as different parts of speech. The word “over” can be used as a noun, an adverb and a preposition:

He took two wickets in one over. (Noun) Please turn over the page. (Adverb) Spread a cloth over the dining table. (Preposition)

Another example would be the word “still” which may act as a noun, an adverb and an adjective:

He is an excellent still photographer. (Noun) I am still waiting for him to turn up. (Adverb) He can’t sit still for long. (Adjective)

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