the hierarchical arrangement of the constituent words and phrases of a sentence.
What Are Prepositional Phrases?Prepositional phrases are the kinds of things you use all the time without thinking about them. They’re groups of words that begin with a preposition and end with an object. Prepositions are words like about, across, after, for, and in. You’ll see them in simple prepositional phrases, like about zebras, after school, and with friends. Objects of Prepositions When we say object, we mean the …
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- phrasal verb,
- phrase book,
- phrase marker,
- phrase structure tree,
- phrase-structure grammar,
- phrase-structure rule,
Origin of phrase structure
First recorded in 1955–60
Also called constituent structure.
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