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Chapter 5: Grammar Concepts: Word Functions

Word Functions

Now that you've re-familiarized yourself with the various parts of speech, we need to discuss the ways in which these parts are put together to make meaningful sentences.

When we speak or write, we don't just put the words down on the page at random:

dog cat towards ran quickly brown black.

We organize them in certain ways to convey meaning:

The brown dog ran quickly towards the black cat.

The rules by which we arrange words to convey meaning are called syntax.

Different words, depending on where they are in the sentence, or what endings we attach to them, perform different functions in a sentence. Simplified for the purpose of this grammar, these functions are: