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Can please anyone tell me which one of the following sentence is a phrase and why?

A). with murals that are brilliantly colored.
B). their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography.
C). their styles vary among women and houses.

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hi Yodeepak,

The basic definition of a phrase is a group of words that plays a particular grammatical role in a sentence. And these phrases can be of different types. Noun phrase, prepositional phrase etc. Now, IMO all the above sentences are phrases.

Any other opinions any please ?

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The acid test of a clause is the working verb in it. Any verb that is just part of a prepositional accompaniment or participial phrase does not make a clause. As such


A). with murals that are brilliantly colored.-------‘That are brilliantlty colored; is an accompaniment of the preposition ‘with’ and thus is a part of the prepositional phrase.

B). their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography.------ ‘Embellished’ is a past participle and not a full - fledged verb and hence a phrase.

C). their styles vary among women and houses.---- Vary is a working verb – Therefore this is a clause.
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Hi daagh,

I think you have correctly captured the essence of phrase and clause.

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The acid test of a clause is the working verb in it. Any verb that is just part of a prepositional accompaniment or participial phrase does not make a clause. As such


A). with murals that are brilliantly colored.-------‘That are brilliantlty colored; is an accompaniment of the preposition ‘with’ and thus is a part of the prepositional phrase.

B). their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography.------ ‘Embellished’ is a past participle and not a full - fledged verb and hence a phrase.

C). their styles vary among women and houses.---- Vary is a working verb – Therefore this is a clause.


I keep on reading that the past participle (-ed form) can not be acting verb in itself. Can an expert elaborate on this concept?

Sachin Tendulkar scored a ton in the last match.
Harry potter killed the "whose name can not be spoken" finally.
(Scored/ killed should is a proper verb, ain't they? )
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I keep on reading that the past participle (-ed form) can not be acting verb in itself. Can an expert elaborate on this concept?

Sachin Tendulkar scored a ton in the last match.
Harry potter killed the "whose name can not be spoken" finally.
(Scored/ killed should is a proper verb, ain't they? )

Yes they are, and hence, they are verbs here, not participles. The entire confusion arises because of what are called regular verbs in English grammar. For regular verbs, both, simple past (verb) and past participle end in -ed, thereby making the taking of distinguishing between verb and past participle slightly tricky.

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