Identify a Noun Phrase

Any name, place, animal thing is a noun.

We all know this famous definition of a noun since childhood.

But, we can have noun phrases which function as nouns!

Let us learn what noun phrases are.

A noun phrase is a word or a group of words containing a noun and it is always either the subject or the object of the verb or as an object of preposition.

The noun phrase can come before the noun or after the noun. It doesn’t require a subject or a predicate.

We will see examples to understand them better.

I hope to win the first prize.

Spot the verb, ‘hope’ in the sentence. Now, ask the question, ‘What is the hope?’. Answer is ‘to win the prize.’

Hence, noun phrase is acting as an object of the preposition ‘to’ here.

In this example, spot the verb, ‘decorated’. Now, ask the question, ‘what was decorated for Diwali?’. Answer is ‘Divya’s house.’

So, the noun phrase ‘Divya’s house’ is the subject of the verb here.

Let’s take one more example.

Spot the verb ‘wants’ in this sentence. Then, ask the question, ‘What does Dhruv want?’

Answer is ‘a skateboard’. So, the noun phrase, ’a skateboard’, is acting as an object of the verb here.

Time for a revision now.

A noun phrase is a word or a group of words containing a noun.

A noun phrase can act as the subject or the object of the verb or as an object of a preposition.

The End!