Clauses and phrases
Difference between Phrase and Clause
Clause and phrase are both important terms in English grammar. Clause and phrase both are parts of a sentence.
What is a Clause
Clause Definition- A clause is a group of words that consists of a subject and a verb.
- He came.
- The children enjoyed themselves.
What is a Parse
Phrase Definition- A phrase is a group of words that does not consist of a subject and a verb.
- on the roof
- below this sign
- near the school
- in the bag
- at the traffic signal.
Both the clause and the phrase may exist within the same sentence. Following are some most relevant examples-
- He is playing in the ground-
The first part of the sentence “He is playing” is a clause because it has a subject and a verb.
the remaining part of the sentence, ‘in the ground’ is a phrase because it lacks both the subject and the verb.
Read the following examples. The underlined part of each sentence is a phrase. Non-underlined part of each sentence is a clause:
- I met him in the bus.
- He was declared as the youngest swimmer.
- They bought some ripe mangoes.
- Our family members gathered within a moment.
- My uncle scolded me for my mistake.