Friday, January 16, 2009

The Phrase and the Clause

Consider the words "in a corner". It makes sense, but not complete sense. Such a group of words, which makes sense, but not complete sense, is called a Phrase.

Examples of Phrase:-

1. The sun rises in the east.
2. Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
3. Show me how to do it.

Consider the following sentences.
1. He has a chain of gold.
2. He has a chain which is made of gold.

The first sentence has a Phrase.
The second sentence contains a Subject (which) and a Predicate (is made of gold).

Such a group of words which forms part of a sentence, and contains a Subject and a Predicate, is called a Clause.

Examples of Clause:-
1. People who pay their debts are trusted.
2. We cannot start while it is raining.
3. I think that you have made a mistake.

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