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Sentences - Making longer sentences - Phrases

What is a phrase?

A phrase is a group of words which are connected to each other but have no verb.

Example
Because of the weather, fewer clothes have been sold this summer.

The underlined words are a phrase.

You can use phrases in the following 3 ways.

As a noun
Example
Large numbers of students are aged mid 20s - mid 30s.

The underlined words act as a noun which is the subject of the sentence.

To describe, change or add to the meaning of something
Example

Many modern science fiction films use computer graphics.

The underlined phrase adds to the meaning of films.

To describe how something happens

You usually separate such phrases from the rest of the sentence by commas.

Example
Because of the weather, most people stayed indoors.

The underlined phrase adds meaning to the verb stayed.

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