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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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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, notparticiples. 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.
p.s. Difference between simple past and past participle has been discussed in detail in our book. If you can PM me your mail id, I can send the corresponding section to you.
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Re: Phrase OR Clause?
27 Dec 2015, 18:45