Phrases : Meaning, Kinds of Phrases with Important Exercise


A phrase is a part of of a sentence. Phrases are regarded as a simple part of speech. A phrase is a group of words which makes a sense but not a complete sense, and which has no subject or finite verb of its own. 

E. g.

  1. He has a sense of duty.
  2. She is a woman of great beauty.
  3. The boy stood in front of the main gate.
  4. He came in the morning.
  5. I have read Bacon as well as Shakespeare.
  6. What a surprise! You have won a prize.

In the above first sentence, the phrases ‘sense of duty’ has been used as an object to the verb ‘has’ .it does the work of a noun. So it is a Noun phrase.

In the second sentence above, the phrase ‘great beauty ‘ qualifies the Noun Women. It does the work as an adjective.

In the third sentence ,the phrase In the morning, modifies the verb ‘came’. It does the work of an adverb.

In fourth sentence, the phrase ‘in front of ‘ has been used as preposition. It is a preposition phrase. 

In the sixth sentence the phrase ‘what a surprise!’ has been used as an interjection to express a feeling of joy and sorrow. It is an interjection phrase.

Some Commonly Used Phrase:

a) Noun Phrase :

Bed of roses Lock and key

Bed of thorns Heaven and earth

Rice and Curry profit and loss

Pen and paper Right and Wrong.

Board and Lodging Weal and woe

Ups and downs virtue and vice

Rise and fall. Mother tongue

Friend and foe iron safe

Husband and wife public carrier

Father and son. Public Service

Mother and daughter. Summer vacation

Food and drink Train fare

Cap and saucer silver jubilee

Merits and demerits. Golden Jubilee

b) Adjective Phrases :

A man of word

A man character

A man of wealth

A man of honour

Made in India.

Made in England

Made of Gold.

Made of Stainless Steel.

Blind of an eye.

Lame of one leg.

Hard of hearing

Busy in work.

Lost of thought

Of great game

Devoted to duty

Easy to learn.

Ready to help.

Full of Joy.

Willing to go.

c) Adverb Phase :

Once upon a time

Once in a blue moon.

In olden days.

All-day long.

All the year-round.

At midnight

Before long.

Out of doors.

At home and abroad.

Out of doors.

Here and there.

Fare and wide.

Year after year.

Safe and sound.

Now and then.

Through and through

From door to door.

Day before yesterday.

Every other day.

At the eleventh hour.

Heart and soul .

D) Prepositions Phrases :

On account of

Because of.

In front of.

For the sake of

By means of

By dint of

In course of

Instead of

In question of

In search of

In favour of

In accordance with

By the side of

At the point of

In the face of

In keeping with

In respect of

On the brink of

On the verge of

In connection with

With reference to

e) Conjunction Phrase :

As well As

As soon as

As long as

As fast as

No sooner…….. than

Scarcely……………………….. When

Not only…………. But also

All the same.

f) Interjection Phase :

Good God.

Good Heavens!

For God’s Sake!

How wonderful !

What a pity!

What a shame!

Oh me!

My love!

My God



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