noun phrase

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Examples
  • “Fred” in “Fred fell asleep at the keyboard.”
  • “The day Fred . . . keyboard” in “The day Fred fell asleep at the keyboard was very hot, and he had had too much to drink at lunchtime.”
  • “banana” (a noun)
  • “big bananas” (an adjective 'big', and a plural noun)
  • “a big banana” (an article 'a', an adjective and a singular noun)
  • “this big banana” (a determiner 'this', an adjective and a singular noun)
  • “a very big banana” (an article, an adverb 'very', defining an adjective, and a singular noun)
  • “a very big banana that tastes great” (an article, an adverb defining an adjective, and a singular noun; followed by a relative clause made up of a relative pronoun 'that', a verb 'tastes', and an adjective 'great')

noun phrase (plural noun phrases)

  1. (grammar) A phrase that has a noun (or indefinite pronoun) as its head or performs the same grammatical function as a noun.
    The term "verb phrase" is a noun phrase.

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