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  Fine Tune Your EnglishChapter 2 - Phrases; what are they?  What is a phrase? A phrase is a group of words that is meaningful but lacking a nite verb, though there may be verbal elements like the parciples . It is not complete like a sentence . It does not have a Subject and predicate of its own. It can funcon like a noun or an adjecve or like an adverb. Characterisc Features of Phrases phrases are more compact than clauses. It does not have a nite verb; some are totally verbless. If you use in the place of a clause, it will become more compact and due to this many good writers prefer Phrasal Construcons. Disadvantage of using Non -Finite Phrases Non nite phrases have some deciencies; the use of a phrase in the place of a clause can somemes lead to AmbiguityDierent types of phrases 1 Noun phrase A Noun Phrase is a word or group of words containing a noun or indenite pronoun as the head word or subject of a sentence and object 2. Adverb phrase An adverb phrase is simply two or more words that act as an adverb. It can modify a verb, adverb or adjecve and can tell why how where when an acon occurred. ex. Meet me at the mall They must return before dusk. 3 . Adjecve phrase  It is a group of words that describe a noun or pronoun in a sentence . The adjecve in an adjecve phrase can appear at the beginning, end or middle of a phrase. The adjecve phrase  can be placed before or aer the noun or pronoun in a sentenceex. The ride was too terrible Everyone was extremely sad Expected quesons.1. what is a phrase?2. what is a noun phrase?3.what is an adverb phrase?. (Reference- Joseph, Mathew. Fine tune your English. Orient Black Swan pvt.ltd, 2010. print.)
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