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PARTICLES (particulcB); such parts of speech as are incapable of any inflection, as, for instance, the preposition, conjunction, &c. These words are generally1 short, consisting mostly of original sounds, and the name particles has been given to them from this circumstance ; but, as the external dimension of a word is a very unphilosophical and insufficient ground of classification, many grammarians have dropped this name, and divided all parts of speech into declinable and indeclinable.