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Grammatical phrases are groups of two or more words that work together to perform a single grammatical function in a sentence. Unlike clauses, phrases do not contain both a subject and a predicate (although they sometimes function as one or the other).
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1. Music a small group of notes forming a coherent unit of melody
2. (in choreography) a short sequence of dance movements



the basic unit of speech. Corresponding to the sentence as a basic unit of language, the phrase is a syntactic and phonetic entity with syntactic structure, semantic completeness, and intonational markers. Phrase boundaries are indicated by pauses and by specific intonational features that indicate the end of the phrase. For example, in Russian there is a lowering of tone on the final syllable of a phrase. Phrases are divided into syntagms, which in turn consist of phonetic words and syllables. The laws of the phrase’s sandhi, that is, of the phonetic boundaries of the phrase’s components, function within the phrase. An example is liaison in French—a type of consonant alternation.

The concept of the phrase is sometimes synonymous with that of the sentence. The term “phrase” is occasionally used to designate any phonetic and syntactic entity between two pauses.

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It is only later that we understand break simultaneously to participate in the phrasal verb, break into.
Furthermore, there are several other word order problems in the second sentence, such as those involving phrasal nouns and relative clauses, as well as tense, plurality, and above all, the switch from S-O-V structure to S-V-O, etc.
Tariq Saeed, Chairman, Pakistan Chemists and Druggists Association said that appointed of Bakhtawari as President of ICCI is not only beneficial for twin cities of Islamabad-Rawalpindi but it is also very wise decision for whole chemist and phrasal industry.
For instance, our previous analyses of pause group durations in conversational (spontaneous) Finnish speech, allowing for five possible levels, have indicated strong mora and phrasal stress rhythm with possible weaker foot rhythm (O'Dell, Lennes, Werner, Nieminen 2007; O'Dell, Lennes, Nieminen 2008).
However, in English, verbs made up of more than one word, called phrasal verbs, can be 'interrupted': for example, to cut the phrases up.
6) becomes "wherever Habrocomes put in an appearance"; here the phrasal verb places an emphasis on the protagonist's attitude, which is not suggested by the Greek text and which Anderson does not include in his "wherever Habro-comes appeared".
A lexical bundle is a recurrent string of words in a text, regardless of its semantic or phrasal structure.
Formulaic sequences are organized sequentially in real-time production, and they appear in the forms of collocations, clauses, and long phrasal stretches and even holophrases.
The latter can be divided into three subgroups: verbs taking a direct object; verbs taking a prepositional object and phrasal verbs taking a direct object (see Table 3; numbers in parenthesis indicate the number of co-occurrences).
The verb by contrast is more conservative, notwithstanding the existence of numerous phrasal verbs with [square root of (term)]?
The fine line between phrasal allusion and plagiarism.
This can be achieved in various ways: by multi-attachment of a single lexical item to multiple terminals (Ramchand 2008), by "spanning" where one lexical item lexicalizes a whole stretch of syntactic structure (Svenonius 2009; Taraldsen 2009), or by phrasal spell-out which lets lexical items spell out nonterminal nodes (Starke 2007; Neeleman and Szendroi 2007; Caha 2008, 2009).