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Noun Phrases in English

Types of Noun Phrase

Different types of noun phrase in English and how to use them. A noun phrase gives information about a noun. We can combine nouns in the three ways shown in the table below.
A noun phrase gives information about a noun. We can combine nouns in the three ways shown in the table below.

1 Match the way noun phrases are used

Look at the different pairs of words and match each one to the appropriate use:
EXAMPLE: l b)
  1. when we name a particular thing and it is a well-known combination ____________
  2. when we say what things are made of ____________
  3. when the second noun is produced by the first noun (often an animal) ____________
  4. when we describe a container and its contents ____________
  5. when we describe measurement ____________
  6. when we describe a certain quantity of something ____________
  7. when we talk about parts of inanimate objects ____________
  8. when we indicate possession ____________
  9. when the first noun is a user of the second noun ____________
  10. when the nouns do not refer to a well-known/typical combination ____________
  1. noun + noun
    a 14-year exile, a five-mile run
  2. a firework display, mineral water
  3. a gold ring, a silk scarf
  4. a table leg, a car door
    noun + 's + noun
  5. America's birthday, Simon's brother
  6. a women's sauna, a children's pool
  7. goat's cheese, duck's eggs
    noun + preposition + noun
  8. a piece of bread, a pack of cards
  9. a symbol of wealth, a book about indoor plants
  10. a box of chocolates, a glass of wine

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