I started studying English that used VOA Learning English.

The word book seems strange, so I ask.

First "a (an) - advise" What is mean? a(an) = advise

Next "about - adj. almost ("about half"); of or having a relation to ("We talk about the weather")

About is an adjective (adj)? Is not it an adverb (adv)?

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VOA Learning English Word Book.

Is this word book correct?

  • I'd say this book is taking shortcuts. About can be an adverb or ap preposition. To me it is a preposition in "we talk about the weather" and an adverb in "it's about half". Some say it is an adjective in the idiom "about to", but it is debated. – None Jul 18 '17 at 9:25
  • @Laure Ok thank you, I'll refer to the Help Center. – Hyun il Jul 19 '17 at 5:05

"a (an) - advise is not a bit of English, it's simply an index to the page. It says this page covers words from a (an) to advise.

As to about - you're right. The OED gives only one sense of about as an adjective, and marks that use as obsolete.

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    It's very nearly universal in dictionaries to have an indicator on each page for which words are covered on the page; there is even a phrase for it: they are called guide words, and their presence allows you to find a specfic word in the dictionary much faster. – Jeff Zeitlin Jul 18 '17 at 11:43

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