noun phrasenoun phrase
A phrase whose head is a noun, such as the phrase tall trees, whose head is the noun trees.
(plural noun phrases)
- (grammar) A phrase that can serve as the subject or the object of a verb; it is usually headed by a noun, (including pronouns), with any associated dependents such as determiners or modifiers.
- Additional examples
- banana (a noun)
- big bananas (an adjective 'big', and a plural noun)
- a big banana (an article 'a', an adjective and a singular noun)
- this big banana (a determiner 'this', an adjective and a singular noun)
- a very big banana (an article, an adverb 'very', defining an adjective, and a singular noun)
- a very big banana that tastes great (an article, an adverb defining an adjective, and a singular noun; followed by a relative clause made up of a relative pronoun 'that', a verb 'tastes', and an adjective 'great')
noun +"Ž phrase
- attributive form of noun phrase, noun.