Structure: Noun Phrases I
- Recognizing the Noun Phrase
- Functions of the Noun Phrase
- Noun Phrase as Subject
You studied noun phrases when you were in Senior Secondary 1. You learned that a noun phrase is a phrase whose main word or head is a noun. Examples include a big bag, an empty treasury, the last drop of blood, my sister’s old handbag. (Note the main word in bold in each of the examples above)
Recognizing the Noun Phrase:
An expression that is a noun phrase usually begins with any of the articles a, an, or the. Consider the following examples:
1. A candidate in an examination hall … – WASSCE, June, 1998
2. An intelligent law official in the Ministry …
3. The courage to fail … – WASSCE, November, 1998
The noun phrase may also begin with a pronoun (my, his, her, our, their, etc), a gerund, or a ‘to + infinitive’
1. My mother’s love for pets.
2. His arrogant disposition toward his subordinates …\
A gerund is a verb that ends in –ing and functions as a noun.
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