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    #1

    Type of phrases

    Hi teachers !!!

    I am confused between many type of phrase. From what I know is there are 10 types

    . Noun phrase
    . Verb phrase
    . Adjective phrase
    . Adverb phrase
    . Prepositional phrase
    . Infinitive phrase
    . Gerund phrase
    . Participle phrase
    . Absolute phrase
    . Appositive phrase

    I saw on some sites, they did not mention about Appositive, adjective and adverb or absolute. Is that because they are just similar to the others but in another name ?

    Thanks

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    Re: Type of phrases

    Your first five are fine, though I'd add 'determinative' phrase (as in "almost every", "not many") to the list.

    The items "infinitive phrase", "gerund phrase" and "participle phrase" are fine too; they are sub-categories of the more general category 'verb phrase'. It just depends on how detailed you want the classification to be.

    An 'absolute' is really a special kind of non-finite clause, not a phrase at all, so you don't need that one. And an 'appositive' phrase is noun phrase with no special characteristics, so no need for a separate category (or sub-category) there.

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    Re: Type of phrases

    Thanks Paul.

    Can you tell me if this phrase is a participle phrase "While preparing for the speech, Joe couldn’t help but worry about his entrance."

    I said it's a participle phrase but turned out it wasn't. And I don't know what it is not

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    Re: Type of phrases

    It's a verb phrase, specifically a present participle verb phrase.

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