Phrase in English Grammar

A phrase is a group of words that is present in a sentence to give it a meaning, a phrase along with a clause are two essential elements in English that make a sentence. The difference between a clause and a phrase is that a clause forms the core of the sentence and has a finite verb, whereas the phrase gives that sentence a meaning having no finite verbs.


Types of Phrase:

  • Noun phrase.
  • Adjective phrase.
  • Adverbial phrase.
  • Prepositional Phrase.
  • Conjunctional Phrase.
  • Interjectional Phrase.


Noun Phrase:

A noun phrase includes a noun combine with a word or words that modify the noun into something meaningful.


  • He was the best rider of the bike among his friends.
  • The end of the financial year is tough for the bankers.


Adjective phrase:

A sentence that contains an adjective in such a way that the adjective gives it a meaning.


  • Smith is always well-dressed.
  • This team has some talented players that could win the game for them.


Adverbial Phrase:

An adverbial phrase consists of two or more adverbs playing their role in building a meaningful sentence.


  • He forgot to pick up his wallet from the counter as he was in a hurry.
  • The doctor prescribed him to have this syrup before going to bed.


Prepositional Phrase:

A prepositional phrase contains a preposition and its object, a prepositional phrase works as an adjective or an adverb.


  • Despite of the efforts, Adam lost his job.
  • The group took photos as they walked through the dense jungle.


Conjunctional Phrase:

Conjunction within a sentence is a conjunctional phrase.


  • The organizers reached early so that they can set up the event area.
  • He was out in the rain, as a result, he got sick.


Interjectional Phrase:

Interjections that have more than one word are classified as an interjectional phrase.


  • Oh my God! This tastes pathetic.
  • Bless you! I needed someone to help me.