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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
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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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Learning phrasal verbs along with vocabulary learning is considered one of the important aspects of foreign language acquisition because they make learners' speech more natural since they are characteristics of colloquial or informal language and tend to occur more in conversational speech than in academic discourse.
2-6) The two phrasal verbs at work here, "fling round" and "grow close," emphasize conditions of expansion and enclosure that are mimicked in the way the lines seem to push past their endings only to be drawn back by the prepositions that complete the composite verbs.
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).
Phrasal verbs show up in several of the examples of Plain English rewrites provided in the NPR and SEC guidelines.
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.
The particle element of the phrasal verb acts as a kind of adverb, although many started life as prepositions.
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Oliver then listed several verbs and phrasal verbs that show stages of a robot dying: blacked out, shut down, fell apart, and exploded.
Among their topics are the derivational nature of reduplication and its relation to boundary phenomena, reduplication and repetition in Russian Sign Language, fixer-uppers: reduplication in the derivation of phrasal verbs, focus on repetition: the role of focus and repetition in echo questions, and an analysis of two forms of verbal mimicry in troubles talk conversations between strangers and friends.
Delaney, who recently had to study phrasal verbs to find an effective way to teach it, spends time studying material outside of tutoring sessions to better aid her students.
From black-top readers, who are generally interested in serious news stories and want to read an opinion that agrees with their own; to red-top readers, who enjoy gossip and intrigue, there is an abundance of collocations, phrasal verbs, fixed phrases and idiomatic expressions people use every day.