Parts of speech/Word classes

Getting Started with Word Classes

Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Adverbs... Get the basics right. | Taught by Adam Brown

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What is this course about?

Do you get a bit flustered when asked about the differences between adverbs and adjectives?
Are you confused about why some words seem to play more than one role?
Does the term 'grammatical categories' send shivers down your spine?

This course is designed to help you once and for all get the various word classes (parts of speech) sorted, so you can confidently understand the differences between function and content words, nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs in ANY language. Each language might 'label' these parts of speech differently, but the criteria for determining the parts of speech are the same.

At the end of this course, you will:

  • understand the difference between content words and function words
  • be able to list at least five criteria for deciding grammatical categories
  • have examined the four categories of content word: noun, verb, adjective, adverb
  • seen examples in English of all of the above
Adam Brown
Adam Brown
Course Author

Adam has a PhD in linguistics from the University of Edinburgh, and has taught in the UK, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and New Zealand. He is currently Director of Research at Auckland Institute of Studies, New Zealand. He has (co)written and (co)edited many books and articles, on topics such as phonetics and pronunciation teaching, English language teaching and applied linguistics. You can view his publications here

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