`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe: All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe. "Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch! Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun The frumious Bandersnatch!“ You don’t have to know what the words MEAN, just look at what they’re DOING! First of all, part of speech is just the grammatical term for the category that words are assigned to, according to their function. Categorizing things is a natural human function. We do it to help us understand what is going on. Understanding the parts of speech can help you break down ANY sentence and construct meaning. Words are just labels for things and have no meaning outside of how they’re used. Nouns name things. › Abstract › Concrete › Proper › Common Adjectives describe nouns Proper Adjectives Verbs show action or state of being › Action verbs › Linking verbs Adverbs modify (add more detail) to verbs. They show how an action is done. Then there was a boom as Tom Buchanan shut the rear windows and the caught wind died out about the room and the curtains and the rugs and the two young women ballooned slowly to the floor The wind had blown off, leaving a loud bright night with wings beating in the trees and a persistent organ sound as the full bellows of the earth blew the frogs full of life.