Phrase and Clause

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A phrase consists of a group of words that do not make complete sense.

For example:

  1. The sun rises in the east.
  2. Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
  3. There came a giant to my door.
  4. It was a sunset of great beauty.
  5. The tops of the mountains were covered with snow.
  6. Show me how to do it.
  7. He has a chain of gold.

A clause consists of a group of words within a sentence that makes complete sense (i.e. a clause consists of a group of words with its own subject and predicate).

For example:

  1. He has a chain which is made of gold.
  2. People who pay their debts are trusted.
  3. We cannot start while it is raining.
  4. I think that you have made a mistake.


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