Definition of noun phrase in English:

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noun phrase

Pronunciation: /ˈnoun ˌfrāz/


A word or group of words that functions in a sentence as subject, object, or prepositional object.
Example sentences
  • The subjects were given a pre-test on combining two sentences into one sentence containing a relative clause where either the subject, object, or object of a preposition was the relativized noun phrase.
  • These criteria presuppose that we already have an understanding of ‘clause’, and of what it means for a noun phrase to function as ‘subject of a clause’.
  • The grammar of this passage is interesting, too: an independent clause is followed by a noun phrase set off by a comma, i.e. a noun phrase appositive.

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Syllabification: noun phrase

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