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Introduction: (what are phrases and clauses?)
The topics which we are going to learn (ie, Phrases and Clauses) are basic concepts in English Grammar. These are closely related to sentences.
Usually the grammar governs the rules of the composition of Clauses, Phrases and Sentences.
So, to learn this topic, first, you need to understand the concept of sentences (Subject and Predicate) because these are formed by the group of words which we will learn in this guide.
Now let us understand what is a Phrase.
What is a Phrase?
A Phrase is a group of words which gives some meaning but not a complete message. It is usually a part of the sentence.
It can also defined as the small parts of the sentence. It doesn’t have both subject and predicate (verb).
- to the east
- a blue dress
- at six o’clock
We can observe that the above examples gives some meaning to it, but not having complete meaning. There are also no subject and verb in it.
So, inorder to complete the message it is used in sentence like,
- The Sun rises to the east.
- She wants to buy a blue dress.
- We have met at six o’clock.
The Phrases in the sentences are coloured blue in the above examples,
Always remember that a group of Phrases can’t make a complete meaningful sentence.
Now let us read how the Phrases are classified into different types.
Different types of Phrases
Here are the list of phrases that you need to learn.
- Noun Phrase
- Verb Phrase
- Prepositional Phrase
- Verbal Phrase
- Participle Phrase
- Gerund Phrase
- Infinitive Phrase
- Appositive Phrase
- Absolute Phrase
More examples of Phrases
- in the end
- the whole night
- in the sky
- a bright day
- finishing today
- went to start
- what if
- may happen
- to do with
- has something
What is a Clause?
A Clause is a group of words which contains a subject and a predicate (verb). It can be a part (unit) of the sentence or a complete sentence.
It is also defined as the smallest unit which has a subject and a verb and gives a complete idea.
(Clause = Subject + Verb)
The Subject is coloured red and the verb is coloured blue in the below examples (for the reference).
- He ate an apple.
- I went to school.
- She teaches English.
In the first example, the subject is “He” and verb is “ate”.
In the second example, the subject is “I” and verb is “went” .
In the third example, the subject is “She” and verb is “teaches” .
Types of Clauses
There are 4 types of Clauses in English Language. Those are,
- Dependent clause (or Subordinate Clause)
- Independent Clause (or Main Clause)
- Adjective (or Relative Clause)
More examples of Clauses
- She has a bundle of books.
- Sita lives in Paris.
- He had completed his degree.
- I went to meet him yesterday.
- He will take the seat for me till I come back.
- We need to practice more.
- He went to the office.
- They have a project plan.
- We had won the competition.
Phrase vs Clause vs Sentence
Here, we will learn about the main difference between Phrase, Clause and Sentence.
|It doesn’t express a complete thought.||Sometimes it can express a complete thought.||It always expresses a complete thought.|
|It doesn’t have a subject and a predicate.||It has a subject and a predicate.||It has a subject and a predicate.|
|It doesn’t start with a capital letter.||It starts with a capital letter.||It starts with a capital letter.|
|It doesn’t end with punctuation marks.||It ends with punctuation marks.||It ends with punctuation marks.|
|It can’t stand alone.||Only Independent Clause can stand alone.||It can stand alone always.|
Quiz Time! (Test Your Knowledge Here!)
#1. Which type of Clauses can stand alone?
#2. Which of the following always expresses the complete thought?
#3. Which of the following is not a Clause?
Answer: in the park
Reason: Because it doesn’t covey a complete message.
#4. Is "a white kite" Phrase or Clause?
Reason: It gives some meaning but not a complete message.
Phrase: a white kite
Sentence: Rahul bought a white kite for tomorrow’s festival.
#5. Which of the following is a Phrase?
Answer: She has to
Reason: It is a phrase because it doesn’t give a complete meaning.
#6. Which of the following option is wrong regarding the topic "Phrase"?
Answer: It starts with a capital letter.
Reason: Phrases don’t start with Capital letter.
#7. A Phrase is a group of words that gives ___________.
Answer: Some meaning.
Reason: A Phrase is a group of words that gives some meaning but not a complete message.
#8. "A Clause can also be a Sentence". Is it true or false?
Reason: Because a Clause usually has Subject and Verb which makes a complete thought. So, there is a chance of becoming a sentence.
#9. "Sonu is a good boy". Is it a Phrase or Clause?
Reason: Because it has both Subject (Sonu) and verb (is) and gives the complete message.
#10. A Phrase have both Subject and Predicate. Is it true or false?
Reason: Phrase doesn’t give a complete message, because it doesn’t contain Subject and Verb.
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Summary: (What are Phrases and Clauses?)
So, here is an overview of the topic which we have discussed till now.
- Phrase delivers some meaning or idea but not complete. Whereas Clause can describe a complete idea or message.
- The phrase doesn’t have a subject and a verb, but a clause can have both.
- A phrase can’t stand alone, but a Clause can stand alone.
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