We must have heard ‘phrases and sentences’ coming together while we learn something. In today’s concept, let us know what actually phrases are and what their types are.

A phrase is a collection of one or more words having meaningful and sensible grammatical units within a clause. A phrase and a sentence are two different concepts. Let us now understand the 5 types of phrases in English.

The five types of phrases are:

  • Noun Phrase
  • Verb Phrase
  • Adjective Phrase
  • Adverb Phrase
  • Prepositional Phrase

NOUN PHRASE: 

A single noun or a word group that is built around a single noun will be called a Noun phrase. 

For example:

  1. Humans need food to survive.
  2. Who broke the last cup?
  3. All citizens with passports can move ahead.
  4. Animals need to find prey for living.

VERB PHRASE:

Verb Phrase can also be called a Verb Group. So do not get confused with the same. A verb phrase contains the main verb along with an auxiliary verb along with modals.

For example:

  1. We all have been watching movies for a long time.
  2. He will be returning back to India today.
  3. It may have been being played.
  4. I have been busy for quite a while.

ADJECTIVE PHRASE

An adjective phrase can be a single adjective or a word group which has been built around a single adjective.

For example:

  1. I have a brilliant idea.
  2. He made a very big deal.
  3. The teachers were really bored with the game

ADVERB PHRASE

An adverb is a single adverb or a word group that is built around a single adverb.

For example:

  1. You can do it later.
  2. He listened very patiently.
  3. They reached as soon as possible.

PREPOSITIONAL PHRASE

A prepositional phrase contains a preposition that is followed by its object which is normally a noun phrase.

For example:

  1. They were talking about property.
  2. The secret locker was behind a large pile of books.

They resumed their studies after an unusually big movie.

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