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To love another person is to see the face of God. [Les Miserables]
Victor Hugo
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  1. (grammar) A phrase that can serve as the subject or the object of a verb; it is usually headed by a noun, (including pronouns), with any associated dependents such as determiners or modifiers.
Examples
  1. “Fred” in “Fred fell asleep at the keyboard.”
  2. “The day Fred . . . keyboard” in “The day Fred fell asleep at the keyboard was very hot, and he had had too much to drink at lunchtime.”
  3. “Noun phrase” in “That was a noun phrase.”
Additional examples
  1. banana (a noun)
  2. big bananas (an adjective 'big', and a plural noun)
  3. a big banana (an article 'a', an adjective and a singular noun)
  4. this big banana (a determiner 'this', an adjective and a singular noun)
  5. a very big banana (an article, an adverb 'very', defining an adjective, and a singular noun)
  6. a very big banana which tastes great (an article, an adverb defining an adjective, and a singular noun; followed by a relative clause made up of a relative pronoun 'which', a verb 'tastes', and an adjective 'great')

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