Let us see what a Noun-Phrase or Phrasal Verb is.
We have already seen that a noun is a word used as a name of a person, place, thing, state, quality, activity, action etc...
• Mr. Clinton is the Chairman of this company.
In this sentence Mr. Clinton is a noun which indicates the name of a person.
• He has constructed a building.
In this sentence a building is a noun which is the object of the verb constructed.
In these two sentences, the nouns are in a single-word form.
A group of words can play the role of a noun as in the following sentence.
• He wants to go to the college.
In the above sentence, the object of the verb wants is to go to the college and this to go to college is a noun.
Here the noun is a not in single-word form whereas it is in a group of words form.
Such a noun which is a group of words is called NOUN-PHRASE.
• Early to bed is a good maxim.
Early to bed is a noun-phrase.
• We enjoy playing cricket.
Playing cricket is a Phrasal Verb.
• Did you enjoy reading this book?
Reading this book is a Phrasal Verb.
• To win a prize is my ambition.
To win a prize is a Phrasal Verb.
• He hopes to win the first prize.
To win the first prize is the Phrasal Verb.
In the following sentences the noun-phrases have been made bold.
• He loves to issue harsh orders.
• I tried my level best to get the sum right.
• Standing about in cold night did me no good.
• His father wised to speak to the headmaster.
• That politician likes to get ordinary people into trouble.
• We intended to pay back every penny of the borrowed money.
• They dislike punishing our servants.
• Horses prefer living on the dark stables.
• You should hate to do such a thing.
• Have ever climbed a coconut tree?
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