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What is a phrase?

 

Definition
 

A phrase is a syntactic structure that consists of more than one word but lacks the subject-predicate organization of a clause.

Discussion
 

Allowance may be made on a theory-specific basis for single-word, minimal instances of phrases.

 
Example:

A noun as a minimal instance of a noun phrase.

Kinds
  Here are some kinds of phrases:
 
Generic
  A phrase is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Crystal 1980 232–233

 

Pei and Gaynor 1954 169

 

Pike and Pike 1982 453

 

Mish 1991 886


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