What Is a Phrase? (with Examples)

A phrase is a group of words that stand together as a single unit, typically as part of a clause or a sentence.

A phrase does not contain a subject and verb and, consequently, cannot convey a complete thought. A phrase contrasts with a clause. A clause does contain a subject and verb, and it can convey a complete idea.

Here Are Some Examples of Phrases

Here are some examples of phrases in a well-known quote by Shirley Temple:

The Hierarchy of Word Units

The hierarchy of word units is:

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What is a clause? What is a sentence? What is the subject of a sentence? What are adverbial phrases? Glossary of grammatical terms