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How Important Each Part of Speech Is

The author is a writer of captivating short stories. He teaches English and literature.


"The distinguished guests, ladies, and gentlemen, good morning?

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to today's function. Everyone is cocksure that this is going to be a day like no other. A day whereby every folk will know why I keep on saying that I'm the most important person in this village.

I'm a word that refers to a person, a place or a thing, a quality or an activity.

Without me, where would you get your names from? You name your beautiful cities using me. For instance, names like Nairobi, New York, London, Mississippi, and Ronaldo wouldn't be there were it not for me. You owe me a lot of respect. I'm your king!"



"Thank you chair for this golden opportunity. So my friend, Noun, can be ignorant to this extent! I think it's time you apologized for lying to these people of a good reputation. How can you blow your own trumpet like this?

You are so full of yourself forgetting that without me, you are meaningless. How would you appear without me? Try to be courteous.

You all know my name. I describe Nouns. I give more information about them.

If I mentioned the word 'girl', no one would know what the girl looks like, unless I used my words to describe her. I can use words like; beautiful, ugly, short, slender, or even tall to describe her.

Tell me if my friend is justified to say he is the most important person. Have you ever asked yourself how English would be without me? Messy!

Before I warm my seat, I would like to give three sentences to show how Noun is dependent upon me;

a) The beautiful girl called on me last week.

b)The thief made away with the red ball.

c) The tall thief was excommunicated.

Well, I don't wish to waste much of your time but truth be said. How would those sentences sound without my words, I mean the underlined words?

I deserve to rule you. Period."



"Brothers, I don't wish to take much of your time but I must say this. I'm flabbergasted by the chair. You could be important but you ought to respect me. Yes! You owe me a lot of respect. I deputize you whenever you are on leave.

Whenever people are writing, they don't keep on using you in every sentence. To break the monotony, they substitute you with me.

There you are! People would never read stories if I were not there in handy to be used when you are boring.

To cut the story short, I'm used instead of a Noun or a Noun phrase. Words like; he, she, its, our, we are examples of the words I own.

Now, you are my subjects."


"Ladies and gentlemen, I know everyone in this gathering treats me with contempt. You all look down on me. Even my good friend, Noun, didn't get time to send me an invitation to attend this crisis meeting.

From today, stop using my words. It's time people started minding about their businesses. I don't need you in my life.

I will sue you in a court of law if you use any of my words. Just know that without me, actions will never exist. Who doesn't know that I express actions such as eat, dance, play, walk among other actions? Ignorance is not an excuse!

Try to think critically before deciding who to rule you. I'm the best. I rest my case."


"I'm disappointed that everyone here is egocentric. Shame on you! I would like to give members free advice, especially my friend Verbs.

God has blessed you with a lot of wisdom, however, you seem to be using your nose to think instead of your brain. I beg to be forgiven for using abusive words against my friend but the situation at hand has forced me.

Now, tell me what to say. Verbs need me. Adjectives cannot do without me. I add more information to both verbs and adjectives. Look at these examples;

a) The old man walked majestically

b) The girl was sound asleep.

c) The warriors fought bravely.

d) The tea was very hot.

Looking at the words in bold type, you will realize how superior I am to everyone here."



"Even though everyone has talked, no one has said anything that surpasses my qualities. From time immemorial, I have lived to help you join sentences. Were it not for me, people wouldn't be able to connect sentences.

I exist in different forms such as conjunctions of reasons, contrasts, addition, etc.

I'm certain that some of you have forgotten how relevant I am in this society. Words like however, nevertheless, and, for, although, and albeit are examples of words I own. Do you think you can make your speech beautiful without using me? No! Never!

Thank you for listening to me. May God bless you abundantly."


"Have you ever heard of words or group of words such as in, from, to, out of, and on behalf of? These are words that you use before nouns and pronouns to show place, position, time, or method.

"There you are, my friends. You want to know where something is yet you say I'm a son of a lesser God. Shamelessly, you walk around holding up your heads as if you were better than me.

Do I need to continue explaining to you how important I am?

From tomorrow, start serving me!"



"Good evening friends? I'm saddened by the fact that we have wasted more than six hours discussing this matter but we have not yet agreed. Shame on us! We claim that we are civilized people who came together to form the English language.

Unless we want to lower our dignity, we shouldn't continue with this nonsense. For Nouns to be meaningful, Adjectives must be there to give more information about them. Adverbs of manner tell us how actions are done. Pronouns replace nouns in a sentence.

To cut the story short, we all depend on one another. It is said that united we stand divided we fall. Unity is strength, my brothers and sisters.

That said, I would like to urge everyone to have respect for one another. Failure to do that, we shall perish. Before I conclude, I would like to let you know that a short sound, word, or phrase is spoken suddenly expresses emotions like oh!, Lookout!, Ouch! are my words.

Last but not least, let's continue building English together. Thank you for listening."