Functions Words in Context

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Analyzing Figures 2.2 and 2.3

Here are the 2 figures on page 32 in the Longman Student Grammar of Spoken and Written English. They give us invaluable information about how English is actually used. We need to become skillful readers of this type of "visible frequency" data. Look closely at the figures and answer these questions:

1. What registers are being compared?

2. What grammar is being compared? The figures are about the frequency of what?

3. What's the scale?

4. Compare the use of pronouns.

5. Compare the use of primary auxiliary verbs. (What kind of verb is that?)

6. Compare the use of prepositions. That's pretty interesting. Why would that be true?

7. Compare the use of determiners. Ummmm.

8. Compare the use of coordinators.

9. Compare the use of modals.

10. Compare the use of subordinators.

11. Compare the use of adverbial particles.

12. Compare the use of pronouns to the use of adverbial particles.

13. Compare the use of primary and modal auxiliaries.

14. Compare the use of coordinators and subordinators.


 
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