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function word

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Grammar
function wordˈfunction word noun [countable]  a word that does not mean anything on its own, but shows the relationship between other words in a sentence, for example words such as ‘but’ or ‘if’
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function wordIs it a problem of word order, government, function word, or what?
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