3. Noun Phrase
As is the case with nouns, a noun phrase may act as a subject, the object of a verb or verbal, a subject complement or object complement, or the object of a preposition. A noun phrase consists of a pronoun or noun along with pre and post modifiers. Subject To answer fast but correctly with 90% success is the goal of my practice. Direct Object of a verb The minister gave those shouting slogans a really dirty look. Indirect Object of a verb The minister gave those shouting slogans a really dirty look. Object of a preposition The mountaineers were caught unawares by the howling blizzard. Subject complement Frankenstein is the name of the scientist, not the monster. To answer fast but correctly with 90% success is the goal of my practice. Object complement Everyone considers Mayank a trouble shooter who can restore order. As Apposite Shikha, a good host, bought only fresh, delicious and expensive sweets. It is always a pleasure, to meet Shikha the host. As Noun Modifier The sweet box is in the fridge. [compound noun where sweet is noun modifier of the noun box] Object of Gerund Avoiding sweets at your age is the right thing to do. [sweets is object of gerund ‘avoiding’] Noun phrases using verbals Since some verbals—in particular, the gerund and the infinitive—may act as nouns, they may also form the nucleus of noun phrases:
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