What are Content Words

Exploring Content Words

1. What are Content Words?

Content words, also known as lexical words, are a fundamental part of language that convey meaning and provide substance to sentences. These include nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs.

Unlike function words (such as articles and prepositions), content words carry the core message of a sentence. Nouns represent people, places, or things; verbs describe actions or states of being; adjectives add details to nouns; and adverbs modify verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs.

Please note: While this article provides an introduction to Content Words, if you want to learn specific Content Words like nouns, verbs, or adverbs, check out our dedicated articles on these topics for a deeper understanding.

2. Content Word examples:

In this section we list some examples of different types of content words.

2.1 Nouns

  • Person: John, Peter, Sophie, Lily, Mike, Doctor, Teacher, Lawyer, Sailor, Soldier

  • Place: California, London, Chicago, France, River, Mountain, Home, Office

  • Object (or a thing): Chair, Car, Snickers, Fairy, Dulux, pen, table etc.

2.2 Adjectives

  • new

  • long

  • old

  • small

  • large

  • good

  • last

  • few

  • lazy

  • angry

  • heavy

  • new

2.3 Verbs

  • play

  • sing

  • have

  • enjoy

  • listen

  • go

2.4 Adverbs

  • Suddenly

  • Softly

  • Loudly

  • Slowly

  • Regularly

  • Swiftly

  • Rudely

  • Rarely

  • Daily

  • Hourly