function word

Definitions of function word
  1. noun
    a word that is uninflected and serves a grammatical function but has little identifiable meaning
    synonyms: closed-class word
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    determinative, determiner
    one of a limited class of noun modifiers that determine the referents of noun phrases
    a function word that combines with a noun or pronoun or noun phrase to form a prepositional phrase that can have an adverbial or adjectival relation to some other word
    a function word that is used in place of a noun or noun phrase
    conjunction, conjunctive, connective, continuative
    an uninflected function word that serves to conjoin words or phrases or clauses or sentences
    a function word that can be used in English to form phrasal verbs
    (grammar) a determiner that may indicate the specificity of reference of a noun phrase
    anaphoric pronoun
    a pronoun that refers to an antecedent
    demonstrative, demonstrative pronoun
    a pronoun that points out an intended referent
    coordinating conjunction
    a conjunction (like `and' or `or') that connects two identically constructed grammatical constituents
    subordinate conjunction, subordinating conjunction
    a conjunction (like `since' or `that' or `who') that introduces a dependent clause
    personal pronoun
    a pronoun expressing a distinction of person
    reciprocal pronoun
    a pronoun or pronominal phrase (as `each other') that expresses a mutual action or relationship between the individuals indicated in the plural subject
    relative pronoun
    a pronoun (as `that' or `which' or `who') that introduces a relative clause referring to some antecedent
    type of:
    a unit of language that native speakers can identify
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