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    Noun phrase or not...

    Is "a couple of weeks" a noun phrase?

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    Re: Noun phrase or not...

    In and of itself, yes. The main word, "couple", is a noun.

    BUT. Another way of looking at it is to consider it in context.

    A couple of weeks passed as I waited for her letter. Subject of passed --> noun phrase
    I'll do it in a couple of weeks. Object of preposition "in" --> noun phrase (and "in a couple of weeks" is an adverbial phrase).
    The war lasted a couple of weeks. lasted how long? adverbial phrase (of time).
    That project was a couple of weeks in length. Probably an adjectival phrase.
    Last edited by abaka; 03-Feb-2009 at 18:06.

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