Nominative Phrases

Nominative Phrases :

Phrase :

A Phrase is a combination of group of related words which contribute to the overall structure of the sentence and the meaning of the sentence.

They visited the temple in the Big City – Tirupati.

The group of words in bold is called a phrase. The group of words has no separate meaning whereas that group of words adds value to the overall sentence and gives meaning to the sentence. This is the nature of a phrase and the limitation of a phrase. Since, a phrase plays a various functions in a sentence; there are nine types of phrases widely used in our sentences. The noun in this type of phrase is called the object of the preposition.

Absolute Phrases = Nominative Phrase

This phrase is otherwise called Absolute Phrase. This phrase consists of a group of words including a noun or pronoun or a participle and / or any associated modifiers.. This phrase is otherwise called Absolute Phrase. Absolute phrase describes the entire sentence. This phrase can be removed from the main sentence without changing the meaning of the sentence. This phrase gives extra information about the action of the verb or the noun in the sentence. This phrase is set off from the main sentence only by a comma. This phrase looks like a clause. But it does not have a definite verb of its own. This phrase has subjects and modifies the entire sentence.

Example :

He looks sad, his face expressing worry.

In this sentence, “his face expressing worry” is the phrase which gives an additional information about HE.

If a definite verb is added, this phrase will become a separate sentence with complete meaning.

Example :

“HIS FACE EXPRESSING WORRY” would be its own sentence if you just add one finite verb WAS : His face was expressing worry.

Other examples for this type of phrase :

1. We are waiting for the bus, already late by 3 hours.

2. He is good a student, scoring 95 percent in all subjects.

3. My health permitting tomorrow, I will attend the wedding.

4. He looks sad, his face expressing worry.

5. He is waiting for his father, his eyes on the clock.

6. Murthy is painting a house, his shirt dirty with all colours of paints.

7. Maran held onto the ball, his hands pushing it tightly.

8. He will be back tonight, weather permitting.


  1. Kinds of Phrases
  2. Noun Phrases
  3. Prepositional Phrases
  4. Adjective Phrases
  5. Adverb Phrases
  6. Verb Phrases
  7. Infinitive Phrases
  8. Infinitives
  9. Gerund Phrases
  10. Participle Phrases
  11. Absolute Phrases
  12. Appositive Phrases

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