A noun phrase is a word or group of words that can function as the subject, the object, or the complement in a sentence.
The noun phrase - Easy Learning Grammar
- The manager interviewed all the applicants on Tuesday.
- Lydia was the successful applicant.
- Mary left late.
- She left late.
- Cheese is expensive.
- It is expensive.
- the tall girl
- the very tall girl
- a strikingly beautiful girl
- the tall girl with green eyes
- a determiner. See Determiners.
|the girl||that boy|
|a spider||some rice|
- one or more adjectives. See Determiners, The indefinite article, The definite article, Nouns used without a determiner, Demonstratives, Possessives, Quantifiers, Numbers, Distributives, Exclamatives, Noun phrases with several determiners, Adjectives and Comparison.
- tall girls
- tall dark girls
- tall dark handsome men
- a number, another noun, or the present participle or past participle of a verb.
- three days
- the railway station buffet
- an annoying habit
- an overworked man
- a prepositional phrase (a noun phrase with a preposition in front of it).
- the person in the corner
- the view across the valley
- the house opposite the church
- creatures under the sea
- a subordinate clause (usually one beginning with who, which or that). See Subordination.
- All the women who had gathered there finally went away.
- Milk that has been kept too long can go sour.
- less commonly, certain adjectives. See Determiners.
- the princess royal
- the president elect
- Personal pronouns are only rarely premodified or postmodified. See Personal pronouns.
- Silly me.
- Poor old you.