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Phrase

In everyday speech, a phrase may refer to any group of words. In linguistics, a phrase is a group of words (or sometimes a single word) that form a constituent and so function as a single unit in the syntax of a sentence. A phrase is lower on the grammatical hierarchy than a clause.

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The Verb Phrase (VP) As A Source of Controversy
... Most if not all theories of syntax acknowledge verb phrases (VPs), but they can diverge greatly in the types of verb phrases that they posit ... Phrase structure grammars acknowledge both finite verb phrases and non-finite verb phrases as constituents ... Dependency grammars, in contrast, acknowledge just non-finite verb phrases as constituents ...
Focus Phrase - Business Applications
... In corporate awareness-training, focus phrases are used not to change the outer world, but to rapidly shift inner attention, and thus alter personal experience and behavior ... alertness, the following core focus phrase drawn both from perceptual psychology and ancient Yoga meditative tradition is used "I feel the air flowing in and out ... Elicitor statements using this general 'focus phrase technology' for mental refocusing can be used to redirect attention toward a more positive mood ("I let go of my worries ...
When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going - Phrase
... The phrase is a play on words involving idiomatic (Proverb) and distinct meanings of "go" and "tough." In context, "the going" means "the situation," "gets tough" means "becomes difficult ...
What Would Reagan Do? - History
... The phrase derives by analogy from the earlier phrase What would Jesus do? and its related initialism WWJD, coined in the 1890s and repopularized during the 1990s ... While the phrase "What would Reagan do?" has existed since at least the early 2000s, it attained greater prominence during the 2008 Republican party ... The phrase has also been promoted by the Heritage Foundation, in partnership with radio talk show hosts Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham, aimed at promoting policy in line with Ronald Reagan's, as well as preserving ...
Focus Phrase
... Focus Phrase" is a term traditionally used in cognitive-therapy and awareness-management discussions, and now in more general use to describe elicitor statements that evoke a ... Psychologically related terms are elicitor phrase or statement of intent ... The psychological term "Focus Phrase" is now used by therapists and life coaches as a general term ...

More definitions of "phrase":

  • (noun): An expression forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence but not containing a finite verb.

Famous quotes containing the word phrase:

    The wildest dreams of wild men, even, are not the less true, though they may not recommend themselves to the sense which is most common among Englishmen and Americans to-day. It is not every truth that recommends itself to the common sense. Nature has a place for the wild clematis as well as for the cabbage. Some expressions of truth are reminiscent,—others merely sensible, as the phrase is,—others prophetic.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    If this phrase of the “balance of power” is to be always an argument for war, the pretext for war will never be wanting, and peace can never be secure.
    John Bright (1811–1889)

    Listen to any musical phrase or rhythm, and grasp it as a whole, and you thereupon have present in you the image, so to speak, of the divine knowledge of the temporal order.
    Josiah Royce (1855–1916)