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The BNC tagset

Tag       Description Example(s)
AJ0
 Adjective (general or positive) good, old, beautiful
AJC  Comparative adjective better, older
AJS  Superlative adjective best, oldest
AT0  Article the, a, an, no
AV0  General adverb: an adverb not subclassified as AVP or AVQ
often, well, longer (adv.), furthest
AVP  Adverb particle up, off, out
AVQ  Wh-adverb when, where, how, why, wherever
CJC  Coordinating conjunction and, or, but
CJS  Subordinating conjunction although, when
CJT  The subordinating conjunction that
CRD  Cardinal number one, 3, fifty-five, 3609
DPS  Possessive determiner-pronoun your, their, his
DT0  General determiner-pronoun: a determiner-pronoun which is not a DTQ or an AT0 -
DTQ  Wh-determiner-pronoun which, what, whose, whichever
EX0  Existential there there [occurring in the 'there is ...' or 'there are ...' construction]
ITJ  Interjection or other isolate oh, yes, mhm, wow
NN0  Common noun, neutral for number aircraft, data, committee
NN1  Singular common noun pencil, goose, time, revelation
NN2  Plural common noun pencils, geese, times, revelations
NP0  Proper noun London, Michael, Mars, IBM
ORD  Ordinal numeral first, sixth, 77th, last
PNI  Indefinite pronoun none, everything, one [as pronoun], nobody
PNP  Personal pronoun I, you, them, ours
PNQ  Wh-pronoun who, whoever, whom
PNX  Reflexive pronoun myself, yourself, itself, ourselves
POS  The possessive or genitive marker 's or '
PRF  The preposition of of
PRP  Preposition (except for of) about, at, in, on, on behalf of, with
PUL  Punctuation: left bracket ( or [
PUN  Punctuation: general separating mark . , ! , : ; - ?
PUQ  Punctuation: quotation mark ' or "
PUR  Punctuation: right bracket ) or ]
TO0  Infinitive marker to to
UNC  Unclassified items which are not appropriately considered as items of the English lexicon -
VBB  The present tense forms of the verb be, except for is, 's am, are, 'm, 're, be [subjunctive or imperative]
VBD  The past tense forms of the verb be
was, were
VBG  The -ing form of the verb be
being
VBI  The infinitive form of the verb be
be
VBN  The past participle form of the verb be
been
VBZ  The -s form of the verb be
is, 's
VDB  The finite base form of the verb be
do
VDD  The past tense form of the verb do
did
VDG  The -ing form of the verb do
doing
VDI  The infinitive form of the verb do
do
VDN  The past participle form of the verb do done
VDZ  The -s form of the verb do does, 's
VHB  The finite base form of the verb have
have, 've
VHD  The past tense form of the verb have had, 'd
VHG  The -ing form of the verb have having
VHI  The infinitive form of the verb have have
VHN  The past participle form of the verb have had
VHZ  The -s form of the verb have has, 's
VM0  Modal auxiliary verb will, would, can, could, 'll, 'd
VVB  The finite base form of lexical verbs forget, send, live, return [Including the imperative and present subjunctive]
VVD  The past tense form of lexical verbs forgot, sent, lived, returned
VVG  The -ing form of lexical verbs forgetting, sending, living, returning
VVI  The infinitive form of lexical verbs forget, send, live, return
VVN  The past participle form of lexical verbs forgotten, sent, lived, returned
VVZ  The -s form of lexical verbs forgets, sends, lives, returns
XX0  The negative particle not, n't
ZZ0  Alphabetical symbols A, a, B, b, c, d