a rule that generates a sentence or other syntactic construction from words and phrases and identifies its constituent structure.
All About Prepositional PhrasesPrepositional 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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- phrase book,
- phrase marker,
- phrase structure,
- phrase structure tree,
- phrase-structure grammar,
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generative grammar a rule of the form A → X where A is a syntactic category label, such as noun phrase or sentence, and X is a sequence of such labels and/or morphemes, expressing the fact that A can be replaced by X in generating the constituent structure of a sentenceAlso called: rewrite rule Compare transformational rule
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