PHRASES

PHRASES

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 are their types.

MEANING

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. Phrases make sense, but they do not make complete sense.

5 types of phrases:

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

NOUN PHRASE: 

One noun or a phrase that is created near that 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:

We also call verb phrases as verb groups. 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 one adjective or a phrase created near that 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 one adverb or a phrase that is created near the 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.
  3. They resumed their studies after an unusually big movie.
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