When a noun phrase is used to refer to all members of the class denoted by the phrase, the noun phrase is said to have generic reference. For example, Monkeys are hairy.
The -'s ending on NOUNS which usually indicates possession, e.g. John's book.
Both ADJECTIVES and ADVERBS
are gradable, in that they are subject to intensification and COMPARISON.
The adjective happy is intensified in the following examples: very
happy, extremely happy, quite happy, happier,
This term refers to the hierarchical
ordering of grammatical units like words and phrases. Words are at the
lowest level and sentences are the highest.
Another term for function word.