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Types of Phrases on GMAT



Types of Phrases on GMAT



Description: In this short video, we will explain what exactly a phrase is, as well as the different types of phrases that you will encounter on the GMAT.

Types of Phrases on GMAT


Phrases on GMAT


A phrases is a group of words that come together to convey a partial meaning. Phrases are distinct from clauses in that they do not contain a subject-verb pair, meaning they do not convey a complete thought. Phrases can be of different types, depending on what role they play in a sentence. In this short article, we will now cover the different types of phrases that appear on the GMAT; understanding the nature and form of these phrase types will greatly help you parse the meaning of sentences in GMAT Sentence Correction.

Types of Phrases on GMAT


1. Noun Phrases – The most important type of phrases on the GMAT, a noun phrase is a group of words that represent a noun; to understand noun phrases, please consider the following examples.

Example 1 - Jack and Tom

Here, three words collectively refer to one noun phrase.

Example 2 – President of Belarus

Here, three words together refer to one entity, whichever individual serves as the President of the country of Belarus.

Example 3 – The tallest man in the United States of America

Imagine, this long phrase, almost 10 words long, represents a single noun; that noun is “man”. The rest of the phrase simply describes the “man”.

2. Verb Phrases – A verb phrase is a group of words that represent a verb; to understand verb phrases, please consider the following examples.

Example 1 – Working hard
Example 2 – Moving swiftly

3. Adjective Phrase – An adjective phrase is a group of words that represent an adjective; to understand adjective phrases, please consider the following examples.

Example 1 – Fast and furious
Example 2 – Way too economical

4. Adverb Phrase – An adverb phrase is a group of words that represent an adverb; to understand adverb phrases, please consider the following examples.

Example 1 – Astonishingly intelligent
Example 2 – Studying carefully

5. Preposition Phrase – A preposition phrase is a group of words that represent a preposition; to understand preposition phrases, please consider the following examples.

Example 1 – On the grass
Example 2 – Under water

This article has deliberately been kept brief; for a more elaborate explanation, please refer to the Experts’ Global Stage One Sentence Correction videos.

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