Mahdiyeh
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Hi a student asked me this question but my answer didn't satisfied him enough. Can u help me out? What is the diffrent betwwen a phrase and an expression? Please answer quite simple. my student is a beginner.
Oct 28, 2021 9:29 AM
Answers · 4
They are similar, but there is a difference. An expression usually has a deeper meaning, like an idiom or something that is often said in specific situations. Expressions sometimes contain some type of wisdom, although they can sometimes sound funny or strange. A phrase is simply a grouping of words in a grammatical context. It can be a full sentence, or part of a sentence.
October 28, 2021
A sentence will contain a subject, a verb and a complete thought, for example: The man jumped over the moon. While a phrase doesn't need to have a subject and a verb. For example: Over the moon.
October 28, 2021
Expression a word showing ones' feeling towards something Phrase a group of words that form a clause
October 28, 2021
In my opinion, if your student is a beginner I wouldn't teach about phrases in a sentence. Some of my students get confused with the work phrase because in Latin languages phrase means sentence. A phrase is a group of any words within a sentence that function as a meaningful unit. An expression is generally considered to be a set of words that are always used to convey a particular meaning. An expression could be a phrase but a phrase is not always an expression :)
October 28, 2021
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Mahdiyeh
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