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    How can I describe this clause at the end of the sentence? 'in a department store"?

    If I'm trying to describe the following sentence...

    "A Salesperson (subject) sells (verb) clothes (object) in a department store."

    How do I describe the section (or clause) at the end (in a department store)?

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    Re: How can I describe this clause at the end of the sentence? 'in a department store

    'In a department store' is a prepositional phrase.

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    Re: How can I describe this clause at the end of the sentence? 'in a department store

    Specifically, it is an adverbial prepositional phrase. It modifies "sells" and describes where the selling is happening.

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    Re: How can I describe this clause at the end of the sentence? 'in a department store

    Thanks guys... that's great. I was just wondering, is there a difference, grammatically, between a phrase and a clause?

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    Re: How can I describe this clause at the end of the sentence? 'in a department store

    A clause can stand by itself as a sentence whereas a phrase cannot.
    A phrase is an incomplete clause.


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    Re: How can I describe this clause at the end of the sentence? 'in a department store

    A clause needs a subject and a verb, which are absent from the said phrase.

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    Re: How can I describe this clause at the end of the sentence? 'in a department store

    Not all clauses can stand as sentences. That would apply only to independent clauses. I think Matthew gave a good answer.

    Also, I would not call a "phrase" an incomplete clause. That would likely confuse learners. For example, a prepositional phrase isn't any kind of clause.

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    Re: How can I describe this clause at the end of the sentence? 'in a department store

    You could often reword a dependent clause to become a standalone sentence but you would usually need to make some changes.

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