For other uses, see Phrase (disambiguation).
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Prefixes (in English)
Prepositions (in English)
Pronouns (case · person)
Auxiliaries and contractions
Mood (conditional · imperative · subjunctive)
Aspect (continuous · habitual · perfect)
Transitive and intransitive verbs
Clauses (in English)
African-American Vernacular English
American and British English grammatical differences
In everyday speech, a phrase is any group of words, often carrying a special idiomatic meaning; in this sense it is 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 grammatical 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 are also types of phrases like noun phrase and prepositional phrase.