Phrase, Clause, Sentence

Phrase, clause and sentence are three of the structural units composed of groups of words that create meaning.

Phrases are generally a group of words which may have a noun or verb but no subject doing a verb.  It tells you something of what the subject is doing.

 

A clause is a group of words that has both a subject and a verb.  They can stand alone as a sentence because they give a complete meaning.

 

Clause and phrase are parts of a sentence

A sentence must have a subject, a verb, and a complete thought supplied by a variety of constructions.