function word

Definitions of function word

n a word that is uninflected and serves a grammatical function but has little identifiable meaning

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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