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What is a phrase?



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


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


A noun as a minimal instance of a noun phrase.

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

Crystal 1980 232–233


Pei and Gaynor 1954 169


Pike and Pike 1982 453


Mish 1991 886

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