Monday 1 February 2016

Nouns, adjectives and verbs

For all children trying to get to grips with basic parts of speech...

A clown is a noun,
London Town is a noun.
Nouns are people and places and things.
Anna's gown is a noun,
Elsa's crown is a noun,
So are toys, cars, spaghetti and kings.

Adjectives tell
How nouns feel, how they smell,
How they taste, how they sound, how they look.
A rice grain is small.
A mountain is tall.
What shape is a coin - or a book?

Salty chips, nice sweet pies,
Red berries, blue eyes.
Prickly hedgehogs and melted ice cream.
Cheesy old socks,
Chiming grandfather clocks,
Fluffy ducks and a scary bad dream.

Verbs - what nouns do.
Horses gallop. Cows moo.
Bottle tops untwist and twist.
Babies cry. People talk.
Rabbits run, hop and walk.
And some things just simply exist.

Adverbs are fun,
Say how things are done
And spotting them's easy - just try.
The song was sung sweetly...
The gift is wrapped neatly.
They usually end in "LY".

(Note. Adverbs also describe adjectives and other adverbs. 'Very' is an adverb. Whilst the vast majority end with 'LY', words such as 'rather' and 'somewhat' are also adverbs.)