What are Phrases?


Phrases are a group of words that stand together as a single unit. A phrase does not contain both a subject and a main verb. This means that a phrase cannot convey a complete thought.


What Kinds of Phrases are there in English?


There are at least seven kinds of phrases in English.


What do the Different Phrases Do?


Phrases can function as Adverbs, Ajectives, Nouns and Verbs. The table below shows how each kind of phrase can function in a sentence.

Kind of Phrase Functions as a/an:
Appositive phrase Noun
Gerund phrase Noun
Infinitive phrase Adjective
Noun phrase Noun
Participial phrase Adjective
Prepositional phrase Adjective
Verb phrase Verb