|−|A semantic class of words whose syntactic function in a sentence is to denote the relationship between the words in the sentence that are part of the open class, such as nouns and verbs. The closed class is so named because it is very rarely a group of words that can be added to. In English, the closed class, includes words like if, and , over, under, in. The open class includes nouns and verbs, which can always be added to, the word "google" is a good example of this. In the sentence, "If '''George''' had '''googled''' the''' blorp''', he would have '''known''' what it was." the words''' George''', '''googled''', '''blorp''' and '''known''' can be replaced: "'''If''' Patty''' had''' watched '''the''' tinker she '''would have''' understood '''what''' it '''was'''." In contrast, replacing words like "if" "the" "had" etc. is much more difficult because they are members of the closed class. |+|
class of to the words that , such as , and .
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Closed class parts of speech refers to the categories of words that usually do not have new members easily added, such as pronouns, articles and prepositions.
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