Learning phrases in English Grammar - What is a phrase and what are different types of Phrases in English?

A Phrase is a group of words that comes together to function as a meaningful, single grammatical unit within a sentence or clause. Phrases add value/ detail to the sentence and are frequently used in forming sentences.

Phrases don't have a subject-predicate but can contain either a subject or a verb. They lack finite verb in it. 

Phrases cannot stand alone as sentence, neither they make sense on their own as they lack subject-predicate. Phrases usually form parts of clauses. Phrases can contain various phrases within them. For example, a noun phrase can contain preposition phrase or adjective phrase, etc.

A phrase is contained within a clause while it can't have a clause in it.

Phrase can be noun, verb, preposition, adjective in a sentence. The function of phrase is based on its structure and on basis of their function, they are divided into various types - Noun Phrase, Adjective Phrase, Preposition Phrase, Participial Phrase, Gerund Phrase, Infinitive Phrase.

Noun Phrase - It is usually asse

Adjective Phrase -

Preposition Phrase - These always begin with a preposition and connects noun; they mostly pair a preposition with an object (noun phrase). 

Participial Phrase - These start with a present (-ing) or past (-ed) participle followed by a modifier. Participial phrase acts as adjectives and connects noun. 

Gerund Phrase

Infinitive Phrase - These phrases have infinitive verbs (to + base verb) along with modifiers or complements.

Examples - 

Absolute Phrase

Conjunctional Phrase - It acts as a conjunction in the given sentence. 

Some examples - 

Absolute Phrase - 


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