Noun phrase

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A noun phrase (/naʊn freɪz/) is a phrase with a noun as its head.

In English there are two types of noun phrases; bare noun phrases and determined noun phrases.

For example, in the sentence A quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog, determined noun phrases are a quick brown fox and the lazy dog, while quick brown fox and lazy dog are bare noun phrases.

A bare noun phrase lacks a determiner slot whereas a determined noun phrase has a determiner slot. However, the determiner slot in a determined noun phrase may be an empty slot (null element). The test therefore is not whether a noun phrase has a determiner but whether a determiner can be added. A pronoun can act as the head of a determined noun phrase but not as the head of a bare noun phrase.


A determined noun phrase consists of either (1) a determiner and a bare noun phrase and associated elements, or (2) a pronoun and associated elements.


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