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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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The Hungarian scholar Hugo Meltzlde Lomnitz, who founded first journal of comparative literature, regards it as "slowly emerging discipline of the future" (Hans-Joachim 56); Charles Mills Gayley, the former chairman of the English Department at University of California-Berkeley holds that it is "more than a method and a new discipline" (Hans-Joachim 103); German scholar Louis Paul Betz, who compiled the first bibliography for comparative literature, views it as "new area of literary scholarship" (Hans-Joachim 137); and Hutcheson Macauly Posnett, who first used the phrase "comparative literature" in the title of a book, calls it a "new science" (Hans-Joachim 187).
No double quotes are required around the phrase, as the asterisk acts as a phrase marker as well as truncation.
The phrase li shen xing dao must have been recognizable to any scholar in Imperial China as an allusion to one of the first sentences of the Canon of Filial Piety (Xiaojing [phrase omitted]), another text attributed to Zengzi: "To establish oneself, practice the Way, and make one's name known to posterity in honor of one's parents is the ultimate goal of filial piety" [phrase omitted].
The Arabic rendition translates metaphorically back into the seductive and attractive phrase tongues of flames.
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In comparing phrases taken from books, similar problems emerged with line breaks and page breaks.
The words of a phrase each lose a single letter to make another phrase:
Certain words and phrases catch on and become popular while others die out and wither away
The sentence The dog is barking consists of 2 phrases: the noun phrase The dog and the verb phrase is barking.
The TTAB began its explanation upholding the denial to reverse by admitting that advertising phrases and slogans are not unregistrable per se.
Earn new phrases while inviting new users to the phrased community.
Adults who listened to short Hungarian phrases and then sang them back performed better than those who spoke the phrases, researchers found.