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The process of elimination is a useful in deciding what part of speech a word is in a sentence.  By deciding if a word is a noun or not, you eliminate ten parts of speech or limit your search to ten parts.

Is it a noun?   Someone or something doing the action of the verb?         Subject

Subject + action verb + what or whom? (SAVDO)   Direct Object

Verbal + what or whom?      Direct Object

To whom or for whom something is done?           Indirect Object

Renames the subject after a linking verb? (SLVPN) Predicate Noun    

Comes after a preposition and ends its phrase?       Object of a Preposition  

Renames a noun without a linking verb between?     Appositive

Acts like a noun listed here but looks like a verb with an
      -ing ending?    

Acts like an object or predicate noun after a verbal Verbal complement

Follows a direct object, renames it after a verb meaning make or considerObject complement
Is it a verb?  Describes an action you can do?       Action verb

Describes something you can be?     Linking verb
Looks like a verb,
but isn’t?  
Looks like a verb with common verb endings, but acts like an adjective?    Participle

Looks like a verb with an –ing ending but acts like a noun Gerund

Looks like a verb but has the word to in front of it      Infinitive
Does it  modify?   Answers what kind, which one, how many or how much  about a noun?Adjective

Answers the above but comes after a linking verb and  describes the subject?Predicate Adjective

Modifies/comes after a direct object and a verb that means make or consider Object Complement

Answers  when, where, how,  or to what extent or degree about a verb, adjective, or adverb?   Adverb

Cannot answer any questions on its own but can  answer adjective or adverb questions with a noun's help       Preposition
Takes the place of nouns.

A connecting word that is used to link sentences, clauses, phrases, or words

A brief exclamation showing some degree of emotion