Types of phrases 1

A phrase is a group of words that forms a unit simpler than a sentence. Unlike a sentence, a phrase does not contain a subject and a verb.

Many different types of phrases can be used to build sentences. See if you can name the type of phrase in square brackets in each sentence below.

1. We all sighed in relief, [James having found his passport].
2. The day ended with [feasting on Spanish tapas and local wine].
3. [To celebrate their arrival at the villa], they all enjoyed a glass of Mallorcan wine on the terrace overlooking the sea.
4. As a souvenir, Mary bought herself [a beautiful, oval-shaped, soft pink pearl].
5. [Fascinated by the stalactites and stalagmites in the cave], the tourists took many pictures.
6. Once [at the beach], they all settled down on lounge chairs.
7. Patricia [would have gone] for a walk to explore the surroundings had others been interested.