Introduction to Phrases
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Introduction to Phrases
What is a phrase?
A phrase is a group of words that does not make complete sense.
However, this group of words does not have a subject, a verb, or both.  For example:
  • In the corner
  • On the wall
  • By the sea.

Take a look at this sentence:
  • Pick it up
  • Take a right turn.

Is this a sentence fragment?   It is NOT a sentence fragment because it is a command. Commands have an implied subject.  We assume the speaker (or writer) means You pick it up.  Though you is not written, it is implied. 
 

SUMMARY

What is a phrase?
A phrase is a group of words that does not make complete sense.
However, this group of words does not have a subject, a verb, or both.  For example:
  • In the corner
  • On the wall
  • By the sea.

Take a look at this sentence:
  • Pick it up
  • Take a right turn.

Is this a sentence fragment?   It is NOT a sentence fragment because it is a command. Commands have an implied subject.  We assume the speaker (or writer) means You pick it up.  Though you is not written, it is implied. 
 
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