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The verb phrase
Nouns pronouns and the basic noun phrase
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adjectives adjuncts adverbial clause adverbs alternative attributive classes cleft sentence co-occur common complex prepositions concord conjoined conjuncts construction contrast coordination corresponding count nouns denoting dependent clause direct object disjuncts echo question element ellipsis ellipted English equivalent example exclamations express focus function genitive gradable grammar implied indefinite indicate indirect inflected initial intensifier interpretation interrogative intonation John language lexical verbs linguistic main clause Mary mass nouns meaning modal auxiliaries modifier negation negative non-finite non-finite clauses non-restrictive normally Note noun phrase occur participle passive past person Peter play plural position possible postmodifying preceding predication premodified prepositional complement prepositional phrase present pro-form pronouns Q-element reference relation relationship relative clause restricted semantic sentence singular speaker speech spoken stative structure subject complement subordinate clause suffix superordinate clause syntactic tag question tense tion tive usually verb phrase words yes-no question