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In Victorian times, when life was simpler, so, apparently was grammar. Here is a little verse widely used to teach young children the parts of speech during the latter part of the 19th century:

Three little words we often see,
DETERMINERS like a, an, and the.

a NOUN'S the name of anything,
A school, or garden, hoop or string.

an ADJECTIVE tell the kind of noun,
Like 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,
Like slowly, quickly, ill or well.
A PREPOSITION stands before
A noun, as in a room, or through a door.

CONJUNCTIONS join the nouns together,
Like boy or girl, wind and weather.

The INTERJECTION shows surprise,
Like Oh, how charming! Ah, how wise!

The whole are called 'Nine parts of speech'
Which reading, writing and speaking teach.

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For millions of Victorian children this rhyme served as a gentle introduction to the terrors of parsing - the art of analysing the various roles played by words in a sentence. Whether the terror was real or imagined no doubt depended upon how the subject was taught. 

For the majority of children it was probably never an easy business to grasp, and this went from the teachers, too, to the extent that for a quarter of a century from the 1960s it was the misguided fashion in the many quarters not to teach at all. As a result many millions of today's adults in the English-speaking world have a big black hole in their grammatical education. 

Maybe some of you are teachers and can find this poem helpful in your classroom. That’s all from me guys, thanks for listening.

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