Noun phrase

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

For example, in the sentence The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog the subject is the quick brown fox and the object is the lazy dog. Noun phrases can be used as nouns. For example I saw the quick brown fox or The lazy dog ate a chicken.

A noun phrase typically consists of various constituents; the head noun is obligatory but other slots may be optional. These are determiner, adjective(s), noun modifier(s), the obligatory head noun, prepositional phrase adjectivals and dependent relative clauses.

If the head is a pronoun, there cannot be a determiner.

Determiner adjective Noun modifier head Prepositional phrase adjectival Dependent relative clause

A My

tall chicken man with the dog who lives on our street