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Types Of Phrases 1 - Phrases | English Grammar - English Free Test

Types Of Phrases 1 - Phrases | English Grammar - English Free Test


Noun Phrase

A noun phrase is either a single noun or pronoun or a group of words containing a noun or a pronoun that function together as a noun or pronoun, as the subject or object of a verb.

Example
  • All the kids were sleeping.
  • The boy in the blue jeans says he'll do it
  • Hebought her a beautiful red dress.
  • Mom baked tasty chocolatecookies.
  • Julia was thinking about her friends back home.
  • Will you talk with these rude people?
  • You are a true hero.
  • My dog is my best friend.

Under the Noun phrase comes three another phrase they are:

Appositive Phrase

An appositive (single word, phrase, or clause) renames another noun, not technically modifying it.

Example
  • "Bob, my best friend, works here” or "My best friend Bob works here.”

Gerund Phrase

A gerund phrase is just a noun phrase with a gerund as its head.
Example
  • "I love baking cakes."

Infinitive Phrase

An infinitive phrase is a noun phrase with an infinitive as its head. Unlike the other noun phrases, however, an infinitive phrase can also function as an adjective or an adverb.
Example
  • "I love to bake cakes.”

Verb Phrase

In simple words, a verb of more than one word is called a verb phrase. It is a phrase consisting of a verb, its auxiliaries (helping verbs), its complements, and other modifiers. Auxiliary verbs always come before the main verb. A verb phrase is a syntactic unit that corresponds to the predicate. There are two types of auxiliary verbs. Inflected auxiliary verbs e.g. be, have, do and Modal auxiliary verbs e.g. will, should, must etc.

Example
  • She kept working like a machine.
  • They were being exploited.
  • Mom is making the room.
  • I came across these old books today.
  • Take off your clothes and jump in the lake.

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