Phrase vs. Clause
While reading articles on English grammar you are very likely to come across words such as a phrase and clause. Understanding the difference between them may not at first be all too easy for an ESL student—whether beginner or advanced.
A group of two or more grammatically-linked words without a subject or predicate. The words in bold in each of the following examples make up a phrase:
- I went to a shop and bought some meat.
- They met in park during a hot sunny day.
- Terrible mistakes were commited while this operation.
A group of grammatically-linked words with a subject and predicate.
- I wake up early every morning to go to work.
- The thief stole most of the jewellry