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word meaning



In traditional grammar, the word is the basic unit of languageWords can be classified according to their action and meaning, but it is challenging to define.


word refers to a speech sound or a mixture of two or more speech sounds in both written and verbal forms of language. A word works as a symbol to represent/ refer to something/ someone in language to communicate a specific meaning.
Example- 'Love', 'Cricket', 'Sky' etc

' A word is the smallest unit of grammar that can stand alone as a complete utterance, separated by spaces in written language and potentially by pauses in speech. 'David Crystal, The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language Cambridge University Press [2003].

Morphology, A branch of linguistics, studies the formation of words. The branch of linguistics that studies the meaning of words is called lexical semantics.


rules of articles in english grammar

types of sentence

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The are several Criteria for a speech sound or a combination of some speech sound to be a word.
  • There must be a potential pause in speech and space in written form between two words.

For example- suppose 'ball' and 'bat' are two different words. So, if we use them in a sentence, we must have a potential pause after pronouncing each to them. It cannot be like 'Idonotplaywithbatball'. If we take pause, these sounds can be regarded as seven distinct words which are 'I', 'do', 'not', 'play', 'with', bat' and 'ball'.
Every word must contain at least one root. If you break this root, it cannot be a word anymore.
For example- The word 'unfaithful' has a root 'faith' if we break 'faith' into 'fa' and 'ith' these sounds will be not regarded as words.

  • Every word must have a meaning

For example- the sound 'Lakkannah' has no meaning in the English Language. So, It cannot be an English Word.

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