|A phrase is a group of two or more
grammatically linked words without a subject and
predicate -- a group of grammatically-linked words
with a subject and predicate is
called a clause.
The group "teacher both students and" is not a
phrase because the words have no grammatical relationship
to one another. Similarly, the group "bay the across" is not a
In both cases, the words need to be rearranged in order to create
phrases. The group "both teachers and students" and
the group "across the bay" are both phrases.
You use phrase to add information to a sentence and
can perform the functions of a subject, an
object, a subject or
object complement, a verb, an
adjective, or an adverb.
The highlighted words in each of the following
sentences make up a phrase:
- She bought some spinach when she went to the corner
- Lightning flashed brightly in the night sky.
- They heard high pitched cries in the middle of the
- In early October, Giselle planted twenty tulip bulbs;
unfortunately, squirrels ate the bulbs and none bloomed.
- Small children often insist that they can do it by