function word


Definition of function word

: a word (such as a preposition, auxiliary verb, or conjunction) that expresses primarily a grammatical relationship

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1927, in the meaning defined above

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“Function word.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of function word

linguistics : a word (such as a preposition or a conjunction) that is used mainly to show grammatical relationships between other words

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