Transcript Word Classes - Wyke College
Word Classes This is a basic introduction to the way words are categorised by linguists. Make brief notes, please! Nouns Refer to a person, place, or object: There’s John! Could you pass me the stethoscope, please? It’s not the first time that giraffe has interrupted my afternoon nap. I am Luxembourg’s new president. Abstract Nouns Or even an abstract idea: More than anything else, happiness is important to me. Music was his first love. He approached the task and immediately noticed a problem. Verbs Express an action: I’ll walk to college. She hurt her back reaching for the shelf. Go and get me a cup of tea. Adjectives Describe nouns: The lazy fish slept all afternoon. The smudgy wristwatch was useless to her. She was driven to distraction by his gormless expression. Adjectives Can you make this description of a holiday destination sound more attractive by adding some adjectives? “Then I arrived in Venice. I looked at a building which had ivy climbing up its wall and a feeling entered my heart. The place was…” Adverbs Describe verbs: I really love the opera. The dog barked annoyingly all night. And adjectives: That wall colour’s quite lovely. How mesmerisingly dull that man is! You should have notes about • Nouns • Abstract nouns • Verbs • Adjectives • Adverbs If your teacher says, “What is ‘love’?”, they are probably asking you what word class it is.