The Phrase and the Clause in English Grammar

Phrases and clauses


      A group of words that makes sense, but not complete sense, is called a Phrase.


     A group of words, which forms part of a larger sentence and contains a Subject and a Predicate, is called a Clause.

For Example:


1. The sun sets in the west.

        Clause  :   The sun sets

        Phrase  :    in the west

2. I must start in a short time.

        Clause  :   I must start

        Phrase  :   in a short time

3. I shot an arrow into the air.

        Clause  :   I shot an arrow

        Phrase  :   into the air

4. It lies beneath my windows.

        Clause  :     It lies

        Phrase  :    beneath my windows

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