Learn English – What word can fulfill the most parts of speech


I know there are several parts of speech:

  • Noun
  • Verb
  • Pronoun
  • Adjective
  • Adverb
  • Preposition
  • Conjunction
  • Interjection

There might be others as well. Sometimes a word, depending on how it is used, can fulfill more than one of these classes. For example, the word "run" can be a verb:

I run fast.

or it can be a noun:

Let's go for a run!

What word, taking into account all its definitions, can fulfill the most word classes?

Best Answer

Well is an interjection, adjective, adverb, noun, and verb. That's five.

Business is going well. [adverb]
All is well with us. [adjective]
Well, who would have thought he could do it? [interjection]
The well was drilled fifty meters deep. [noun]
Tears well up in my eyes. [verb]

There's also round, with five, if you count when it is used to mean around:

Give me a round figure. [adjective]
Shall we play another round of cards? [noun]
He had a look round before he kept going. [adverb]
They walked round the tree. [preposition]
The floor function rounds down. [verb]