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Phrases

A phrase is a group of related words that lacks both a subject and a verb. Because it lacks a subject and a predicate it cannot act as a sentence.

A phrase typically functions as a single part of speech in a sentence (e.g., noun, adjective, adverb).

There are four types of phrases:

1. Prepositional phrases, which begin with a preposition and include the object of the preposition.

2. Participial phrases, which begin with the participle and include the object of the participle or other words that are connected to the noun by the participle.

3. Gerund phrases, which begin with the gerund and include the object of the gerund or other words that are acting as the complete subject or complete object.

4. Infinitive phrases, which begin with an infinitive and include the object of the infinitive or other words that are acting as part of the phrase.