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Adapted from 'Sunday', in Wodwo, Ted Hughes, 1967) Both sets of words contain a number of different word-classes, according to the different jobs that words do in referring to experience, or in relating words, phrases and clauses. The same word can belong to more than one word-class. For example the word off appears in both sets of words above, and its uses can be illustrated in: 1 Michael got on his bike and rode off. 2 He got off his bike and padlocked it. 5). 1). The traditional term for word-classes is parts of speech, and the names for them are also traditional.

Unfortunately, just like the past tense, the forms of the past participle are varied. The form in regular verbs is the same as the past tense- an -ed suffix -as in leaned, tired, dusted. In irregular verbs the past participle can either be -ed, or -en (sometimes reduced to In/ as in grown and gone), or the vowel of the verb can change, as in some past tense forms. In terms of meaning, the infinitive tends to refer to something about to happen (future time), the -ing or present participle to LEXICAL WORDS AND MEANING 35 something currently going on (present time), and the past participle to something that has happened (past time).

Or verbal processes of saying. What problem of analysis arises when the 'process' is represented by the words are and is? sentences are numbered for easy reference. Shopping 1 I go to the shops with my mum. 2 We walk down the street. 3 We go to the supermarket. 4 I carry the basket. 5 We take things from the shelves. 6 We get sugar and tea. 7 I put cornflakes in my basket. 8 We get butter and cheese and 14 A COURSE BOOK IN ENGLISH GRAMMAR sausages. 9 Mum puts frozen peas in the basket. 10 They are hard and cold.

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