Noun phrase


  1. A noun phrase or nominal phrase (abbreviated NP) is a phrase which has a noun (or indefinite pronoun) as its head word, or which performs the same grammatical function as such a phrase.

Explanation of uses

Nouns and noun phrases first function as the subject of clauses. A subject is a word, phrase, or clause performs the action of or acts upon the verb. Clauses contain both a subject and a predicate.

Five Examples

  • Many cases of infectious disease
  • Some cookies shaped like stars
  • A story as old as time
  • Long and winding road
  • A cool wet afternoon