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Old 09-23-2012, 08:26 PM   #1
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OT: Homework Help - DS/Parts of Speech

Help! DS needs a little help with an assignment - and I'm not sure....

Sentence includes "the plate was in the center of the table".

What part of speech is "center"? Adjective? Adverb?

Yikes! I should know this, but it's been a looong time since I did this. I think my kids are smarter than I am (but don't tell them!)

Anybody?

Sorry to put this here, but it is an active board and I am hoping for a quick response.

TIA!
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:32 PM   #2
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"The center" is the object of the preposition???? the preposition being "in"??? It's been a long time and I may be embarrassing myself.
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Old 09-23-2012, 09:04 PM   #3
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Noun - person, place or thing - "center" is essentially a place.

PS - you can always consult dictionary.com for help.
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Old 09-23-2012, 09:06 PM   #4
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I think it's a noun. With center being the "place" where the plate is.
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Old 09-23-2012, 09:08 PM   #5
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I vote noun, and also recommend dictionary.com we used it quite often last year when DS got stuck.
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Old 09-23-2012, 09:32 PM   #6
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Okay...this was making me crazy, and I obviously have too much time on my hands tonight.

The word "center" is a noun that is the object of the preposition of the word "in".
In other words, the noun that follows the preposition is the object.

Also, in the sentence; "the plate was in the center of the table" - "table" is also an object of the preposition, because the table -the noun - follows "of" - a preposition.

http://www.grammaruntied.com/nouns/ObjectP.html

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Old 09-23-2012, 09:35 PM   #7
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Okay...this was making me crazy, and I obviously have too much time on my hands tonight.

The word "center" is a noun that is the object of the preposition of the word "in".
In other words, the noun that follows the preposition is the object.

Also, in the sentence; "the plate was in the center of the table" - "table" is also an object of the preposition, because the table -the noun - follows "of" - a preposition.

http://www.grammaruntied.com/nouns/ObjectP.html

I need a bowl of ice cream now.
And to take it a little further (farther? LOL), "in the center" is an adverb phrase describing "where."
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Old 09-23-2012, 10:41 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone! We are going with 'noun'. We had checked dictionary.com, but we weren't certain after that either.... I'll let you know if he gets it wrong. Otherwise, figure 'noun' is right.

It's times like this that I am really thankful that I am the mom and not the student anymore...
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Old 09-24-2012, 04:55 AM   #9
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Your DS will get it right by putting NOUN.

My DD10 says I drive her crazy but I'm always correcting two words... WELL and GOOD. I've said it so many times over the years that she rolls her eyes when someone else uses one of them incorrectly when talking to us. She wonders if I'll correct them or not.
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:29 AM   #10
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I agree in this instance, center is a now (eg a place.)

Check out the old Schoolhouse Rock videos/songs on itunes or youtube. My kids thought they were a crazy (and they are) but now they sing along "a noun is a person, place or thing".

Madlibs are a fun way to learn the parts of speech, too- gives a fun reason to have to know what an adverb or exclamation or whatever is.
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