Clauses and phrases 1

Clauses and phrases are similar, yet different. As you may recall, a clause is a group of related words that has a subject and a predicate. A phrase is also a group of related words, but is missing a subject or a predicate or both.

Test your knowledge by picking out which of these examples are clauses and which are phrases.

1. in a heated manner
2. they were arguing in a heated manner
3. the presentation of the new product
4. the team leader is giving the same presentation again
5. the report consulted
6. the managers consulted the annual report
7. will leave soon
8. leave soon

Note: Adapted from HyperGrammar (copyright 1994, 1995 and 1996) produced by the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ottawa.