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    phrases?

    Hello,

    Phrases are grammatical units that consist of one or more words.
    https://www.englishclub.com/grammar/...rases-quiz.htm

    I suppose:
    Phrases are grammatical units that consist of more than one word.

    Thank you


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    Re: phrases?

    What do you think? Can a single word be a phrase? Or does a phrase need to have two or more words?
    Last edited by probus; 18-Sep-2017 at 03:54.

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    Re: phrases?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soseki View Post
    Phrases are grammatical units that consist of one or more words.
    https://www.englishclub.com/grammar/...rases-quiz.htm

    I suppose:
    Phrases are grammatical units that consist of more than one word.


    Wrong.
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    Re: phrases?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Wrong.
    Glossary
    Phrase
    A word or group of words which form grammatical units such as noun phrase, verb phrase or adjective phrase. Phrases are the constituents of clauses. (Cambridge Grammar of English, Ronald Carter, Michael McCarthy)

    phrase n 1(a) (grammar) a group of words without a verb, esp one that forms part of a sentence: 'The green car' and 'at half past four' are phrases. (Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary)

    Both are correct.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 18-Sep-2017 at 14:12.

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    Re: phrases?

    The first definition clearly states that a phrase can consist of a single word.
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    Re: phrases?

    In case it wasn't clear, post #3 was an illustration of a complete single-word phrase.
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    Re: phrases?

    What has been found so far.
    There exist at least two ways of viewing the idea of phrase.

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    Re: phrases?

    'phrase
    a group of words that is part of, rather than the whole of, a sentence'—quoted from http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dict...english/phrase

    'phrase
    1 LINGUISTICS a group of words that are used together in a fixed expression'—quoted from http://www.macmillandictionary.com/d...itish/phrase_1

    'phrase
    1 a group of words that have a particular meaning when used together, or which someone uses on a particular occasion'—quoted from http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/phrase

    'A phrase is a short group of words that people often use as a way of saying something.
    A phrase is a small group of words which forms a unit, either on its own or within a sentence.'—quoted from https://www.collinsdictionary.com/di...english/phrase
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    Re: phrases?

    A single word sometimes constitutes not only a phrase but an entire sentence or discourse. For example:

    "Evacuate."

    In the film Sully, that's all Sully (Tom Hanks) says to his passengers after landing on the Hudson River.

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    Re: phrases?

    Right.
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