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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.