The Same Words Used as Different Parts of Speech

The Same Words Used as Different Parts of Speech :

The same word, without any change of spelling, may be one part of speech in one place and another in a different place. The following are examples of the same word used as different parts of speech. So, The Same Words Used as Different Parts of Speech are here.


1. Indefinite Article : The sportsman shot a tiger.

2. Preposition : He has gone a-hunting.

NOTE : A-HUNTING is not used in modern English. We should say…He has gone hunting.


1. Adjective of Quantity : He ate all the bread.

2. Indefinite Numeral Adjective : We must all die some day.

3. Adjective used as Noun : We lost our all on that day.

4. Adverb : All bloodless lay the untrodden snow. (Campbell)


1. Adjective of Quantity : Have you any bread?

2. Adverb of Quantity : We must stop and rest before going any farther.

3. Numeral Adjective : Did you bring any loaves?

4. Demonstrative Adjective : Take any book that you like.


Relative Pronoun :

1. We shall be pleased to see as many of you as care to come.

2. Yours is not the same book as mine.

Subordinating Conjunctions :

Time : He trembled as (at what time) he spoke.

Manner : Do not act as (in what manner) he did.

State : He took it just as (in what state) it was.

Extent :

1. He is not as (to that extent) clever as (to what extent) you are.

2. Hot as (to whatever extent) the sun is (=though the Sun is hot), we must go out in it.

The Same Words Used as Different Parts of Speech

Reason : The air is now cool, as (for what reason or for the reason that) the rain has fallen.

In Elliptical Phrases :

All of these imply extent.

1. I condemn you as a judge (to what extent or so far as I am a judge), but as a man (to what extent I am a man), I pity you.

2. I will inquire again as to (to what extent the question relates to) that matter.

3. As regards this journey (to what extent the question concerns this journey), we can now decide nothing.


1. Comparative Adjective : My book is a better one than yours.

2. Comparative Adverb : You are working better today.

3. Adjective used as Noun : Always show respect to you betters.


Definite Numeral Adjective : Both the men have arrived.

Coordinating Conjunction : He is both a fool and a knave.


Adverb : There is but (only) one man present.

Preposition :

Who could have done this but him?

I cannot but believe that you are lost.

I cannot believe anything but that.

Coordinating Conjunctions : He is a man of common sense, but not learned in books.


Distributive Adjective : He is ruined in either case.

Coordinating Conjunction : He is either a fool or a knave.


Adjective of Quantity : He has eaten enough bread.

Adjective of Number : We have enough loaves.

Adjective used as Noun : He had enough to do.


Adjective of Quantity : Half measures do not succeed.

Adjective used as Noun : One half of his task is now done.

Adverb of Degree : He was half dead with fear.


Adjective of Quality : A little blow may give much pain.

Adjective of Quantity : He has eaten a little bread.

Adverb of Quantity : Let us wait here a little.

Adjective used as Noun : Man wants but little here below.


Adjective of Quantity : He eats more bread than you.

Adjective used as Noun : More has been done than was expected.

Adverb of Quantity : I like him more than (I like) you.

Adjective of Number : More men came today than yesterday.

Adverb of Number : I saw him once more.


Adjective of Quantity : He has wasted much time.

Adverb of Degree : I was much amused by his stories.

Adverb of Extent : I was much amused by his stories.

Adjective used as Noun : You will not get much from me.


Distributive Adjective : I agree with neither side.

Coordinating Conjunction : Neither you nor I can do that.


Adverb : Come near, while I speak to you.

Preposition : There is a fine tree near our house.

Adjective : He is a near relative of mine.

The Same Words Used as Different Parts of Speech


Verb : The earth is very dry and needs rain.

Adverb : He must needs know the reason of this.

Noun : Our needs or wants are few.


Definite Numeral Adjective : There is but one rupee left.

Indefinite Personal Pronoun : One is apt to waste one's time.

Definite Demonstrative Pronoun : Your horse is white. Mine is a black one.

ONE is often called a PROP-WORD…because it props up the adjective.


Adjective : The only dog I had was stolen.

Adverb : I heard of this only yesterday.

Coordinating Conjunction : Do what you like. Only (=but whatever you do) keep silence.


Adjective : A square thing does not fit into a round hole.

Preposition : Draw a circle round a given centre.

Adverb : The flies are flying round and round.

Verb : Vasco da Gama was the first to round the Cape of Good Hope.

Noun : Men must go their daily round of duty.


Preposition : I have not seen him since Monday last.

Adverb : I took this house four weeks since.

Subordinate Conjunction : We must trust you, since you are speaking in earnest.


Definite Demonstrative Adjective : He is not such a genius as I thought.

Indefinite Demonstrative Adjective : He came to me on such a day.

Definite Demonstrative Pronoun : If he is an enemy we shall treat him as such.


Definite Demonstrative Adjective : I am no admirer of that book.

Definite Demonstrative Pronoun : The light of the sun is brighter than that of the moon.

Relative Pronoun : The book that you gave me is lost.

Conjunction Effect : He aimed so well that he hit the mark.

Conjunction Purpose : We must eat that we may live.


Subordinate Conjunction : I like this more than (I like) that.

Preposition :

We consulted Professor Smith than whom there is no greater authority on this subject. He was fond of any drink other than wine.


Definite Article : The ass is a dull animal.
Relative Adverb of Quantity : The more, the merrier.
Simple Adverb of Quantity : He worked the harder, because he had hopes of success.


Adverb of Quality : He has done the work very well.
Adverb Used as Noun : Leave well alone.


Interrogative Pronoun : What did you say?
Interrogative Adjective : What house is that?
Adverb : What with illness and what with losses, the man is almost ruined.

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