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What is a noun phrase?



A noun phrase is a phrase that has a noun as its head.


A noun phrase generally includes one or more modifying words, but allowance is usually made for single-word minimal noun phrases that are composed only of a noun or pronoun.

  Here is a kind of noun phrase:
  A noun phrase is a kind of

Crystal 1980 244


Hartmann and Stork 1972 155


Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech, and Svartvik 1985 61

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