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phrase structure

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noun Linguistics.

the hierarchical arrangement of the constituent words and phrases of a sentence.

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QUIZ YOURSELF ON “THEIR,” “THERE,” AND “THEY’RE”

Are you aware how often people swap around “their,” “there,” and “they’re”? Prove you have more than a fair grasp over these commonly confused words.
Question 1 of 7
Which one of these commonly confused words can act as an adverb or a pronoun?
Also called constituent structure.

Origin of phrase structure

First recorded in 1955–60
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