The Nine Parts of Speech or English usage

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  1. I apologise if this is not military enough but I thought it might be of interest to any parents out in ARRSEland with children still at school.  It might help us not to look too stupid and show how much we've actually forgotten.

    The Nine Parts of Speech

    Three little words we often see,
    AN ARTICLE, a, an and the,
    NOUN'S the name of anything,
    As school or garden, hoop or string.
    ADJECTIVES tell the kind of noun,
    As great, small, pretty, white or brown.
    Instead of nouns the PRONOUNS stand
    John's head, his face, my arm, your hand.
    VERBS tell of something being done,
    To read, write, count, sing, jump or run.
    How things are done, the
    ADVERBS tell,
    As slowly, quickly, ill or well.
    A PREPOSITION stands before
    A noun as in or through a door.
    CONJUNCTIONS join the nouns together,
    As men and children, wind and weather.
    The INTERJECTION shows surprise,
    As Oh, how pretty! Ah, how wise!
    The whole are called "nine parts of speech",
    Which reading, writing, speaking, teach.