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    Hi All,

    I have difficulty understanding the meaning of clause, group, content words and grammatical words. I appreciate your help to explain them to me, based on the example below:

    The policeman, who had never heard of the Lawrence Amendment, was stumped by the supercilious approach of the barrister.

    Is it correct to categorise them as follows:

    Clause - The policeman
    was stumped by the supercilious approach of the barrister
    who had never heard of the Lawrence Amendment

    Groups - The policeman, the Lawrence Amendment, the barrister

    Content words - heard, stumped, approach,

    Grammatical words - had never, supercilious



    Your advice and feedback is highly appreciated. Thank you

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    Welcome to Using English, lolliswan.

    I'm afraid the terms you're using (group, content words, and grammatical words) are not familiar to me in this context.

    Can you explain what you're looking for when you want to identify the "groups," for example? Or what a "content word" is supposed to be?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: clause, group and words

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Welcome to Using English, lolliswan.

    I'm afraid the terms you're using (group, content words, and grammatical words) are not familiar to me in this context.

    Can you explain what you're looking for when you want to identify the "groups," for example? Or what a "content word" is supposed to be?

    Are there any teachers out there who could help me, please?

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    The policeman, who had never heard of the Lawrence Amendment, was stumped by the supercilious approach of the barrister.

    I have underlined the grammatical/function words. The others are content/lexical words.

    Clause - The policeman was stumped by the supercilious approach of the barrister
    who had never heard of the Lawrence Amendment
    Last edited by 5jj; 26-Feb-2012 at 08:29.

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    Hi 5jj,

    Thank you for your response. After some thorough reading on the definitions and reference to your reply, I finally understood what they are now.

    Thank you once again.

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    Hi 5jj,

    Just a question; am I right to say the auxiliary verb 'was' should be classified under grammatical/ function word?

    Thanks

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    Default Re: clause, group and words

    Quote Originally Posted by lolliswan View Post
    Just a question; am I right to say the auxiliary verb 'was' should be classified under grammatical/ function word?
    You are. Sorry, I missed that one. I have now edited my post.

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    Default Re: clause, group and words

    ok, thanks alot, 5jj

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