Function Word Reductions

Function words are words that support the grammatical structure of English. There are words like prepositions (“of,” “by,” “from” …), determiners (“a,” “the,” some” …), pronouns (“I,” “you,” “they” …), helping verbs (“have,” “will,” “kept” …), and conjunctions (“and,” “because,” “if” …). They contrast with function words, nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and negation. The rhythm of English puts content words on the beat with function words stretched or squeezed into the space between them (Rhythm of English).