A Few Parts of Speech

This page is a brief guide to the parts of speech you will be asked to provide for the Wheel of Time word games. This is fairly elementary stuff, and I make few claims toward being a linguist.

As your elementary school teacher probably said, "A noun is a person, place, or thing." Nouns are the things we talk about; they're the subjects and objects of our sentences. For example, "That leaf is green" or "I sat upon the chair." Unless directed otherwise, use a singular noun.

Plural Noun
Pluralize the noun.

Abstract Noun
Abstract nouns are things that are... well, abstract. Things like "Truth", "Dishonesty", and "Democracy".

A verb describes an action, an occurrence, or a state of being. Unless otherwise asked, provide a verb in the third-person plural form (eg, "People eat food.")

Verb ending in "s"
This is a non-technical way of asking for a verb in third-person singular form, eg. "My sister eats food." Notice how, in English, most verbs of this sort have a terminal 's'.

A gerund is a form of a verb that works like a noun. In English, these end with 'ing'. For example, "Running is good exercise" or "Mike began jumping."

An adjective modifies a noun. It can describe size, quality, or number, just to name a few characteristics.

Superlative adjective
A superlative adjective describes something as being extreme in its quality. For example, "Jane is the tallest person" or "Fred is my least-favorite singer."

An adverb modifies an adjective, verb, or another adverb. For example, "It is very hot today" or "He strode triumphantly."

Other Types of Words
Sometimes you will be requested to give a particular type of word, for example a number, a date, or a WoT character. The questions will be specific.
Go back to the Word Games page.

Bill Garrett