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Language Study Terms

Knowing these words will be useful in your study of English, and will also help you to use the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary more effectively. This list includes words to do with grammar, pronunciation, and punctuation.

abbreviation noun   object noun
active adjective, noun   ordinal noun
adjective noun   paragraph noun
adverb noun   part of speech noun
antonym noun   participle noun
apostrophe noun   particle noun
article noun   passive adjective, noun
auxiliary (also auxiliary verb) noun   perfect adjective
clause noun   period noun
colon noun   phrasal verb noun
comma noun   plural noun, adjective
comparative adjective, noun   possessive adjective
compound noun, adjective   prefix noun
conditional adjective, noun   preposition noun
conjunction noun   progressive adjective
consonant noun   pronoun noun
continuous adjective   punctuation noun
contraction noun   question mark noun
countable adjective   question tag noun
count noun noun   quotiation marks noun
derivative noun   reflexive adjective
determiner noun   register noun
dialect noun   regular adjective
entry noun   relative adjective
exclamation noun   reported speech noun
exclamation point noun   saying noun
figurative adjective   semicolon noun
gerund noun   simple adjective
hyphen noun   singular noun, adjective
idiom noun   slang noun
imperative adjective, noun   slash noun
indirect speech noun   subject noun
infinitive noun   suffix noun
interjection noun   superlative adjective, noun
intransitive adjective   syllable noun
ironic adjective   synonym noun
irregular adjective   taboo adjective
literal adjective   tag question noun
literary adjective   tense noun
mass noun noun   transitive adjective
modal noun   uncountable adjective
noncount adjective   verb noun
noun noun   vowel noun