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Summary

Noun phrases

In a nutshell

A noun phrase is a word or group of words containing a noun and it might also contain a determiner and a modifier. They are found wherever you might find a noun, including in subjects and objects.



What is a phrase?

A phrase is a group of one or more words that plays a role in a sentence. A noun phrase can play the role of a subject or object.



What does a noun phrase contain?

  • A noun phrase of course contains a noun. This is a person, place or thing.
  • It might contain a determiner, which includes articles like “a”, “the”.
  • It also might contain modifiers. These are words like adjectives and personal pronouns – they "modify" (change) how the noun is.



Noun phrase table

Determiner

Modifier

Noun

Articles
A/an
The
Some
Any
Many
No (negative)

Possessives (belonging to)
My/your/his/her/its/our/their
Jack’s/Safiyah’s/Gemma’s/Rajeev’s
Adjectives
Sleepy
Dribbling
Brown
Old

Prepositional phrases
On the roof
In the house
Out of the country
Beside the bed
Pronouns
Me/you/him/her/it/us/them

Proper noun
Rebecca Hutchinson
Gary
Earl’s Court
Berlin
China

Common noun
Fox
Vase
Idea
Information

In the following examples of noun phrases, try to think about which word is the noun, which is the determiner and which is the modifier.


Examples
English; Sentences; KS2 Year 3; Noun phrases
English; Sentences; KS2 Year 3; Noun phrases
The thirsty fox
A clever girl
English; Sentences; KS2 Year 3; Noun phrases
English; Sentences; KS2 Year 3; Noun phrases
Many posing teenagers
Our angry mother


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