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  • A word or group of words containing a noun and functioning in a sentence as subject, object, or prepositional object.
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    • 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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Word of the day skosh
Pronunciation: skōSH
a small amount; a little