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Describing language
Describing language

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1.2 The word classes you will focus on

At the top of the image are four words: nouns, verbs, adjectives and pronouns. There are then two cartoon figures and four speech bubbles. Person A says ‘I’ve brought a present for Amanda’. Person B says ‘Can you afford it? Person A says Oh, it wasn’t expensive. I bought it with some of the money I saved last year. Person B says ‘It’s beautiful! She’ll love it!
Figure 3 Examples of some word classes.

This course won’t cover all the word classes in the same detail. You’ll start with nouns, verbs and adjectives. In the second half of the course you’ll look at how these major word classes are combined into sentences and texts. This is done using smaller classes of more grammatical words, like pronouns (they or you), prepositions (in and under) and conjunctions (and or but), which you’ll be introduced to in Weeks 5–8.