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Phrases. A phrase is a group of words that lacks either a subject or a predicate (or both). . Phrases. Phrase: guards the house. The predicate lacks a subject. Phrases. Phrase: the ancient oak tree. The subject lacks a predicate . Phrases. Phrase: with crooked old limbs.

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Phrases

Phrases

A phrase is a group of words that lacks either a subject or a predicate (or both).


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Phrase: guards the house

The predicate lacks a subject.


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Phrase: the ancient oak tree

The subject lacks a predicate.


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Phrase: with crooked old limbs

The phrase lacks both a subject and a predicate (verb).


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Independent Clause: The ancient oak tree with crooked limbs guards the house.

The three phrases combined form a complete thought.


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  • Phrases usually take their names from the main words that introduce them:

    • Prepositional phrases

    • Verb phrases

    • Noun phrases, etc.

      They are also named for the function they serve in a sentence:

    • Adverb phrase

    • Adjective phrase


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Noun phrase:

the ancient oak tree


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prepositional phrase:

with crooked old limbs


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verb phrase:

has stood its guard


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adverb phrase:

very stubbornly


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verbal phrase:

protecting the little house


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