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Noun Phrases


A noun phrase is a group of words with a noun as its most important word, or head.

The other words in the noun phrase will depend on the head in some way.

Noun phrases can be different sizes, but serve the same purpose in a sentence.

For example,

The woman was nice.
The woman who we met at the party was nice.

Both of the sentence openings are noun phrases with ‘The woman’ as the head.


You can build a noun phrase by adding words before it:

Cars are lots of fun.
Convertible cars are lots of fun.
New convertible cars are lots of fun.

Or after it:

Cars with seats are lots of fun.
Cars with leather seats are lots of fun.

Remember, check the noun that affects the verb to find the head of a noun phrase.


Your Turn…

1. What is a noun phrase?
A group of words that contains a verb
A group of words that contains a noun, but no verb
A group of words that contains vitamins

2. What’s the job of a noun phrase?
To add more information about the noun
To separates main clauses
To clean surfaces

3. When writing a noun phrase, where should the additional words go?
Before the noun
After the noun
Either before or after the noun

4. Which of the following would we be likely to find in a noun phrase?

5. Which of the following is a noun phrase?
The red car
The man walked slowly.
I like this one and that one.

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