More on Words

  • I and a are words too. E.g. I am a doctor.

  • Hyphened words are counted as one word. E.g. State-of-the-art, well-designed

  • An abbreviation is counted as word. E.g. MP, NDA, FIFA, WHO etc.

  • A number or date is counted as a word. E.g. 1983, 18th


Contraction - one word made by joining two or more words.

A contraction is counted as one word.

E.g. ‘goodbye’ is a contraction of ‘God be with you’


Some other examples of contraction:

 I'm - I am             I'll - I will/shall    we're - we are         they're - they are
 he's - he is/he has    he'll - he will        he'd - he had/would 
 isn't - is not         aren't - are not
 won't - will not       can't - can not        shan't - shall not
 it's = it is/it has

Different types of words

Words are divided into different classes according to their function. These classes are called parts of speech.

There are 8 classes of words: noun, pronoun, adjective, verb, adverb, preposition, conjunction, interjection

Some modern grammar books have one more class - determiners
Articles (a, an, the) also fall under the category of determiners.

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