Why do words have to become phrases?

Like the noun phrase:  

''Singing in the bath relaxes me.''

Why don't we call it a gerund, preposition, determiner, noun, verb, pronoun?


I will answer my own question:

Yes all the words retain the same meaning however in a sentence these words collectively serve as either the predicate or subject to the verb.  Their collective meaning can be classed as either the premodifier, head or post modifier.  We can analyze words and clauses in many ways.

3 Answers

  • 1 month ago
    Favourite answer

    A concept can be one word --  "singing" -- or a collection of words -- "singing in the bath." 

  • Expat
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    I suggest you Google what phrases are. You broke down the components (words) in the sentence (your example is not a noun phrase). In fact, your sentence doesn’t include a noun phrase. A noun phrase includes a noun and any words in the sentence that modify. Example, “the little house”. Oh, and “the” is an article since you were labeling the kinds of words; “determiner” is its function only. 

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Noun phrase - 2 words. Your notion - 6 words.

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