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woodye85741
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The item or person referred to, or action by referent towards an item ?d'oh!
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woodye85741 wrote:
The item or person referred to, or action by referent towards an item ?d'oh!


I didn't get your question fully, so I will make a presumption:

Refer = Transitive verb (Refer, Referred, Reffered)
Reference = Countable noun

He referred to me (acting as a verb)
The references are great (acting as a noun)
I refer to him (acting as a verb)
He has referred to me (acting as a verb)

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Aren't referents also viewed as a reference?
Also homophones?
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woodye85741 wrote:
Aren't referents also viewed as a reference?
Also homophones?


I guess "referents" is a participial adjective, while "reference" is a countable noun.

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They are two completely different nouns - with different pronunciations.
They are not homophones. "Referent" ends with a 't' sound /ˈrɛfərənt/, "reference" ends with an 's' sound /ˈrɛfərəns/. The plurals also sound different - referents /ˈrɛfərənts/ , references /ˈrɛfərənsəz/

'Reference' is a normal English word with several meanings. The most common meanings are:
A book or passage to which one's attention is directed
The act or action of directing attention

The reference for the definitions is the Free Dictionary.

'Referent' is a grammatical/linguistic term
ref·er·ent n.
A person or thing to which a linguistic expression refers.
American Heritage
referent () n
the object or idea to which a word or phrase refers.
Collins

So, in the sentence "The cat was on the mat and it looked hungry", the referent of "it" is "the cat". "The cat" is the object to which the word 'it' refers.


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