Traditional grammars define nouns as words that refer to people, places, things, and ideas. A noun phrase is a phrase that consists of a noun functioning as the phrase head plus any modifiers, complements, or determiners. A subcategory of nouns, pronouns are words that take the place of nouns and noun phrases.
In grammar, a noun phrase modifier is a word, phrase, or clause that modifies or describes a noun, pronoun, or noun phrase. Nouns often function as noun phrase modifiers to describe other nouns in English. Examples of nouns and noun phrases as noun phrase modifiers include the following:
- My toddler daughter is quite mischievous. (noun)
- Please bring me a clean water jug. (noun)
- Ameda makes a fine breast pump. (noun)
- Grandma installed a baby gate system throughout her house. (noun phrase)
- The hotel room bathroom is disgusting. (noun phrase)
- My husband and I are shopping for a new dining room table. (noun phrase)
Noun as Noun Phrase Modifier
Noun Phrase as Noun Phrase Modifier
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