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# Clause vs. Phrase

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VP
Joined: 06 Jun 2004
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07 Dec 2005, 22:00
Can anyone tell me the difference between a clause and a phrase?
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07 Dec 2005, 22:13
In grammar, a clause is a group of words containing a verb. Sentences contain one or more clauses. There are finite clauses and non-finite clauses.

A phrase is a short group of words that people often use as a way of saying something. The meaning of a phrase is often not obvious from the meaning of the individual words in it.

A phrase is a small group of words which forms a unit, either on its own or within a sentence.

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In sum, I'd say that a clause is consisted of "subject + verb", and that a phrase is consisted of "(adjective +) noun".
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07 Dec 2005, 22:28
I often visit Seoul, Japan, Taiwan for business & I have seen my colleagues there fight with english a lot, they are very much afraid of TOEFL too........but I see some people like gamjatang who are simply superb in English. Hats off to you guys!

I'll definitely mail my colleagues about it
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07 Dec 2005, 22:41
Agreed!

Thanks gamtajang for the explanation
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21 Jun 2016, 07:16
TeHCM

A simple tip to identify them would be..

Phrase is a subset of a clause, and clause is subset of a sentence.

Phrase can never make a meaningful sentence but a clause can.

Hope this helps.
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21 Jun 2016, 08:04
subbu759 wrote:
TeHCM

A simple tip to identify them would be..

Phrase is a subset of a clause, and clause is subset of a sentence.

Phrase can never make a meaningful sentence but a clause can.

Hope this helps.

Hope it's still not too late for TeHCM
Re: Clause vs. Phrase   [#permalink] 21 Jun 2016, 08:04
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