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Phrases and clauses

What is a phrase?

  • You use phrases to build clauses and sentences.
  • Phrases represent parts of a sentence (for example: a noun, a verb or an adverb) but they do not include a finite verb.
  • They do not convey complete ideas.
  • Phrases often begin with a preposition (e.g.: at, in, through, for, over, of, with):

The man in the blue suit is a teacher.

  • Especially important phrases are noun phrases and verb phrases.

To do

  • Phrase quiz (The Tongue Untied, University of Oregon)

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