How to identify a phrase
Phrase is a group of words with some meaning but not complete meaning.
It is unlike sentence which has subject, predicate and complete meaning.
It is unlike clause which has its own subjects and predicate, although not complete meaning.
Examine following sentences. Phrases are underlined.
1) Sudhir went to the school.
2) He get up early in the morning.
3) He expected to be recognized.
4) He behaved in very rude way.
5) Playing cricket is good for health.
6) He doesn’t want to fail again.
7) To make his son doctor is his lifelong desire.
8) I enjoyed reading this blog.
(B) Phrases are of three types.
1) Noun phrase.
2) Adjective phrase.
3) Adverb Phrases.
(C) Noun phrasesà
If a phrase does the work of noun, it is called noun phrase.
We can identify the noun clause by asking the questions “what”.
1) Reading books was his hobby. (What was his hobby?).
2) He wishes to win the race. (What does he wish?)
3) Eating too much food is not good for health. (What is not good for health?)
4) He loves to tease the animals. (What does he love?)
5) He was eager to know the result. (For what he was eager).
(D) Adjective phraseà
If a phrase does the work of adjective, it is called adjective phrase.
1) He is a man of great potential.
2) She wore a dress of pink color
3) He is a boy with grey hair.
4) Queen wore a necklace of diamond.
5) It is a throne full of thorns.
Adverb phrase à
If a phrase does the work of adverb, it is called adverb phrase.
We can identify the adverb clause by asking the questions ‘where?’, ‘when?’ and ‘How?’ with the verb.
1) Cat jumped from the roof. (Jumped from where?)
2) She cleaned the house in the hurry. (How did she clean the house?)
3) He came to my place in the evening. (When did he come?)
4) He drove the car with very high speed. (How did he drive the car?).