GCSE English Language-technical vocab sheet

Here is a list of sophisticated vocabulary you could use during the exam and please tell me if this helps or not:)

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Adjectives/epithets: an adjective is a 'describing' word e.g. angry, bewildered, clumsy,
defeated, embarrassed, fierce, and grumpy
Adverbs: A word or phrase that modifies or qualifies an adjective, verb, or other
adverb or a word-group, expressing a relation of place, time, circumstance, manner,
cause, degree e.g. gently, quite, then, there
Alliteration: The occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent
or closely connected words e.g. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers
"F" alliteration is called a fricative sound
"S" alliteration is called a sibilant sound
"P, D, B" alliteration is called plosive because it has a harsh sound to it
Anacoluthon: an interruption in a sentence, sometimes indicated by a pause, that is
afterwards restarted in a syntactically different way e.g. Had yet been there ­ for
what could that have done?
Anecdotes: A short story
Assonance: the repetition of similar vowels in the stressed syllables of successive
Byline: the name of the author
Comparatives: One syllable words form the comparative by adding -er and ­est. e.g.
older, longer, taller
Cairos: the urgency to act now
Abstract nouns: Are ideas or concepts
Concrete nouns: Concrete nouns can be observed by at least one of the senses
Proper nouns: a noun representing unique entities
Direct address: The use of an operand as the address of data in a low-level language
Discourse markers: A word or phrase whose function is to organize discourse into
Dysphemism: blunt/ straight to the point- the usage of an intentionally harsh word or
Emotive language: words that reveal feelings

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Ethos: when you use language in such a way that you force someone to believe you
Exaggeration/Hyperbole: Exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken
Exclusive pronouns: it's the opposite of inclusive whereas inclusive is 'we' and 'our' so
it would be mainly referring to yourself rather than 'us' or a certain group of people
Facts: A piece of information
Gerund: word that ends with "ing"
Humour: The quality of being amusing or comic
Imperatives: the form of a verb used when giving…read more

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Register: tone
Repetition: when you do or say something again
Rhetorical questions: a question that doesn't have an answer
Rhyme: having the same last sound
Rhythm: a strong pattern of sounds, words or musical notes which is used in music,
poetry and dancing
Semantic field: a set of words related in meaning
Similes: an expression comparing one thing to another using the words like or as
Standard English: A controversial term for a form of the English language that is
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