ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Words Combine to make Phrases

Updated on March 30, 2015

To help one understand, phrases are words that don’t comprise a subject or the verb that is required to make a clause with a subject and predicate. Phrases are very small or fairly long, in simple terms they are words that go composed. There are numerous types of phrases, but not one of them can be a sentence all by itself. Phrases are significant entities of language that one uses all the time. All of the phrases have their own purpose and is made up of several words, all the words work together to make a greater meaning.

Built on the thought of word phrases have precise names The various phrases that can be found are: noun phrase, absolute phrases, verb phrase, gerund phrase, infinitive phrases, participle phrase and preposition phrases,

Noun Phrases: Noun Phrases comprise of a noun which can either be a person, location, animal or object and modifiers after or before that. The main function of a Noun phrases are as objects, subjects and accompaniments.

Example: Jack accepted a dog that snubbed to bark.

Verb Phrase: A verb phrase is used in a sentence to express an act or complaint.

Example: Maria has been sleeping for a long time.

Absolute Phrase: combines a noun and a participle with additional modifiers or things.

Example: Jonathan has his fingers flying over the piano keys.

Gerund Phrase: A gerund phrase always begins with a gerund, an ‘ing’ word, and comprises other objects and/or modifiers. The function of a Gerund phrases are as nouns, subjects, subject accompaniments, or objects in the sentence.

Example: Flying kites on a windy day is a fun bustle for kids.

Prepositional phrase: When a sentence begins with a preposition phrase and end with a pronoun, or a noun, clause or gerund it is known as a prepositional phrase. The prepositional phrase answers “Which one?” as an adjective; it also answers “How? When? Where?” as an adverb.


The meat on Joel's plate laid intact the entire meal.

Infinitive phrase: When an infinitive phrase begins with an infinitive that includes objects or modifiers it is known as Infinitive phrase. The functions of an Infinitive phrases are as adjectives, adverbs or nouns.

Example: To make lemonade, you have to start with lemons.

Participle phrase: When a phrase begins with a present or past participle it is known as Participle phrase. In case of a participle being present, it shall reliably end in ‘ing’ and the past participle shall end in a consistent ‘ed’.

Example: Shrunk in the dryer, the tee-shirt hung above Noel's ankles.

Phrases improve facet to sentences by providing specifics. Phrases can comprise many blends of words and be fairly long. What phrases don't have is both a verb and a subject. They may have something that looks like a verb; they may have a noun; but they won't have both. A phrase can be two words long or much longer.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)