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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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As not only Estonian verbal government has been copied, but also the collocation of the verb jatma 'to leave' and the adverb korvale 'aside' and the meaning of the Estonian phrasal verb as well, this is yet another incompatibility with monolingual Russian.
However, as Russian does not have phrasal verb, it is probably perceived as an oddity that deviates from "correct" Russian to a greater extent than just government modelled on Estonian pattern (see [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] 2004 on correlation between Estonian phrasal verbs and Russian aspect in two monolingual varieties).
gt;nat (pronoun, full noun phrase) / direct object of phrasal verb
the direct object of a phrasal verb which takes the form of a pronoun is more natural than the direct object of a phrasal verb which takes the form of a full noun phrase.
1999 "Composite Predicates and phrasal verbs in The Paston Letters", in: Laurel Brinton -- Minoji Akimoto (eds.
Skandera (business and management, Management Center Innsbruck) presents a collection of 17 papers exploring the cultural dimension of a wide range of preconstructed or semi-preconstructed word combinations in English, including highly opaque multiword units, collocations, irreversible binominals, phrasal verbs, compounds, metaphorical expressions, similes, proverbs, familiar quotations, catch phrases, cliches, slogans, expletives, and discourse markers.
Due to their analytic character, constructions containing prepositional and phrasal verbs have been considered of particular interest and are analysed in considerable detail in the paper.
NTC/Contemporary dictionaries that will initially be converted by Versaware into their Versabook digital format are: American Idioms, American Slang and Colloquial Expressions, Phrasal Verbs and Other Idiomatic Verbal Phrases, Common American Phrases in Everyday Contexts, Acronyms, Proverbs and the NTC's American English Learner's Dictionary.
These include not only frequently used words but also a number of technical terms, new words, and vocabulary related to Japanese culture, as well as interjections, idioms, and phrasal verbs.
Coverage includes a review of the theoretical debate surrounding the definition of language transfer and contact, corpus based studies of language contact, interference in translation tasks, acquisition of lexis, code mixing, the role of instructional input, and lexical transfer in fixed expressions, including second-language idioms, phrasal verbs, fixed phrases, collocations, and figurative expressions.
The purpose of the present paper is to try to compare four classes of idiomatic expressions of verbal nature -- phraseological verbs, phrasal verbs, primary verb idioms and prepositional verbs -- by means of some objective grammatical tests, such as passivisation, substitution, deletion or insertion and to determine in consequence which classes are more restricted in their grammatical behaviour and which are more free.
of Southern Denmark) focuses on the variables that govern the word-order alternation of English transitive phrasal verbs.