Why English Is So Hard
We’ll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes,
But the plural of ox becomes oxen, not oxes.
One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese,
Yet the plural of moose should never be meese.
You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice,
Yet the plural of house is houses, not hice.
If the plural of man is always called men,
Why shouldn’t the plural of pan be called pen?
If I speak of my foot and show you my feet,
And I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?
Then one may be that, and three would be those,
Yet hat in the plural would never be hose,
And yet the plural of cat is cats, not cose.
We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
But though we say mother, we never say methren.
Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
But imagine the feminine … she, shis and shim.
The Parts of Speech Poem
Every name is called a noun,
As field and fountain, street and town.
In place of a noun, the pronoun stands,
As he and she can clap their hands.
The adjective describes a thing,
As magic wand or bridal ring.
The verb means action, something done,
As read and write and jump and run.
How things are done, the adverbs tell,
As quickly, slowly, badly, well.
The preposition shows relation,
As in the street or at the station.
Conjunctions join, in many ways,
Sentences, words, or phrase and phrase.
The interjection cried out, ‘Hark!
I need an exclamation mark!'
The Old Fashioned Rules of Grammar
A Noun's the name of any thing
As school, or garden, hoop or swing.
Adjectives describe the kind of noun
As great, small, pretty, white or brown.
Instead of nouns, the Pronouns fit -
As he, you, they and it.
Verbs tell of something being done -
To read, write, count, sing, jump or run.
How, when and where the Adverbs tell,
As slowly, near, now or well.
Conjunctions join the words together,
As men and women, wind or weather.
The Prepositions stand before
A noun, as in or through a door.
The Interjections show surprise,
As Oh, how pretty, Ah, how wise.
Three little words you often see,
Are Articles a, an and the.
The whole are called Nine Parts of Speech,
Which reading, writing, speaking teach.