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noun phrase
a noun plus any adjectives and determiners that modify it (DOG / MY DOG / MY MANGY DOG)
subject phrase
the noun phrase that makes up the subject of the clause (MY FAT SISTER snorts lime jelly)
object phrase
the noun phrase that makes up the object of the clause (my fat sister snorts LIME JELLY)
complement phrase
the noun phrase that makes up the complement of the verb "to be" (my sister is A FAT LIME JELLY SNORTER)
prepositional phrase
a phrase that begins with a preposition (IN THE FRIDGE the lime jelly was setting)
adverbial phrase
a phrase that modifies a verb (ALL OF A SUDDEN the fridge door opened), which can be a prepositional phrase (IN A MOMENT the bowl was snatched)
adjectival phrase
a phrase that modifies a noun (GROSS behaviour / TOTALLY GROSS behaviour / TOTALLY GROSS AND MORE THAN SLIGHTLY WARPED behaviour)
phrasal verb
a verb + preposition pair that means something different from the verb on its own ("to blow" vs. "TO BLOW UP" / "TO BLOW OFF")