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Britlish Library - Function and Content Lessons

When talking about words, we make a distinction between content words and function words, also known as open-class words and closed-class words, respectively. Content words the words we want the listener to clearly understand when we are speaking, and content words are the words you hear clearly when listening to native English speakers. Function words, on the other hand, are words which do not have clear meanings or obvious concepts, and make up the framework or scaffolding of a sentence. Function words are words like articles, demonstratives, quantifiers, prepositions, and conjunctions. When we speak, the function words are often placed in a weak position and can be very difficult to hear. These lessons have been designed to help you to understand the difference between function and content words and thus improve your listening skills and your pronunciation.

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