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What is the phrases?

    Phrase

Phrase is the shortest unit in english grammar. They are constructed with many words class words or one more words. 

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If you are asking it from the linguistic or grammatic perspective, then you possibly will profit from the definition I’m about to provide you with. (In case I understood your question wrong, then there is no need to read further. Specify your request or try to google it).

So, what is a Phrase?

A phrase is a group of words that stand together as a single unit, typically as part of a clause or a sentence.

Or, if speaking of the everyday speech, a phrase may be any group of words, often carrying a special idiomatic meaning; in this sense, it is roughly synonymous with expression.

In linguistic analysis, a phrase is a group of words (or possibly a single word) that functions as a constituent in the syntax of a sentence, a single unit within a logical hierarchy. A phrase typically appears within a clause, but it is possible also for a phrase to be a clause or to contain a clause within it.

There is a difference between the common use of the term phrase and its professional use in linguistics. In common usage, a phrase is usually a group of words with some special idiomatic meaning or other significance, such as "all rights reserved," "economical with the truth," "kick the bucket," etc. It may also be an euphemism, a saying or proverb, a fixed expression, a figure of speech, etc.

In the grammatical analysis, particularly in theories of syntax, a phrase is any group of words, or sometimes a single word, which plays a particular role within the grammatical structure of a sentence. It does not have to have any special meaning or significance or even exist anywhere outside of the sentence being analyzed, but it must function there as a complete grammatical unit.

It is common for a phrase not to contain a subject and verb and, consequently, cannot convey a complete thought. An expression contrasts with a clause. A clause does contain a subject and verb, and it can convey an entire idea.

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