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  • NOUN IDIOMS
    ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

    NOUN IDIOMS

    A noun idiom is a unique noun phrase with a unique meaning. It can be replaced by another noun phrase, usually a noun and its modifier(s), with a corresponding meaning. It normally begins with an article and ends with a noun. Another important feature of the noun idiom is that it performs the function of a noun phrase. The following are some examples of noun idioms with their corresponding meanings in parentheses. a silver lining (a redeeming feature/ a ray of hope). a man of many parts (a man of many abilities/ a talented man). a silver tongue (a sweet style of speaking). a sleeping partner (a financier without active…

  • PHRASES AND CLAUSES
    ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

    PHRASES AND CLAUSES

    A Phrase is a group of words that contains neither a subject nor a predicate. It is used as a single part of speech. We have different kinds of phrases: noun phrase (which acts as a noun), adjective phrase (which acts as an adjective), and prepositional phrase (which acts as a preposition). Consider the italicised phrases in this sentence: “Okafor was dismissed on account of his gross misconduct in his new office not because he gave a cup of coffee to that stranger in Khaki suit.” (prepositional, adverbial, noun, and adjective phrases respectively). Clause is a group of words that contains a subject and a predicate and is used a…

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