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CQPweb: Distinguishing different parts of speech

Watch Andrew Hardie briefly explain how you can easily distinguish different parts of speech using CQPweb.
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A little follow up on our very first video explanation of some of what CQPWeb can do. If you were looking at the examples of pleasing, or another word similar to it, what you may have noticed that in some cases it’s an adjective and in other cases it’s a verb. Can we actually refer to it being an adjective or it being a verb when we search for it? The answer is, yes we can. So if we start with the word please and we say, let’s have all the forms of please when it’s acting as a verb.
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What we do then is we would put a slash after the please and add v, to make it a verb, and then we enclose it in the curly brace brackets. So what this does is the v says, find those forms that are verbs, and then the curly brace brackets say, find those all forms of please that fall under that head word. So if I press start query, you’ll see we’ve got far more examples now and we’ve got lots of different forms of please, please, pleaseth, pleases, and so on and so forth. So I hope you like that little extra bit of CQPWeb action, as it were. Thank you very much, goodbye.

This video adds a little note to the previous one explaining how one can extract words of a particular grammatical part of speech. For example, one may wish to extract all the examples of “love” as a verb.

If you have any concerns, or, if you discover some interesting things, put them in the comments.

We strongly advise you to listen to Andrew Hardie’s video in one window of your computer, and open up his program, CQPweb, in another, so that you can practice what he is a saying as he goes along. Obviously, you will need to pause periodically.

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