English Phrases and Clauses
A phrase is a group of words which acts as a unit and which has no finite verb.
Phrases are of four kinds:
(i) Noun, Phrase
(ii) Adjective Phrase
(iii) Adverbial Phrase
(iv) Prepositional Phrase.
A Noun Phrase is a group of words which acts as a Noun. It may be a subject or object/complement of a verb.
1. Your bed is really.
2. Early to bed is a healthy habit.
is a good habit. Reading
4. Have you enjoyed reading this novel?
5. The man wants something to eat.
An Adjective Phrase is a group of words which acts as an Adjective four qualifying a noun or pronoun. It may be in the subject part or in the predicate part.
1. Ali was a wealthy man.
2. Ali was a man of great wealth.
3. I like to see a smiling face.
4. I like to see a face with a smile on it.
An adverbial Phrase includes some adverbs with prepositions and modifies a verb, an adjective or another adverb.
1. He faced the difficulties in a brave manner.
2. He faced the difficulties bravely.
3. They can turned with great speed.
4. The car turned quickly.
A Prepositional phrase is a group of words beginning with a Preposition.
1. In spite of his illness, he works.
2. Besides making a promise, he kept it.