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A phrase is a multiword group having no conjugated verb in it. We have various kinds of phrases, which perform all sorts of functions in the language. Basically, the phrases can serve as nouns, adjectives, and adverbs. Three very important phrases are the verbal phrases (infinitive, present participial, and past participial). Though verbs are present in these phrases, the verbs are not conjugated. Here's a partial list of phrases:

Prepositional phrase (over the rainbow)

Infinitive phrase (to win the game)

Present-participial phrase (winning the game)

Past-participial phrase (earned by the shareholder)

Appositive phrase (my friend, the girl next door)

Adjectival phrase (the issues pertinent to our project)

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