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What is a phrase?

A phrase is a group of words that are related and focus on an idea; however, this group of words does not have a subject, a verb, or both.   See the examples below:

Without financial support.
Running toward the sea.

Take a look at this sentence:

             Pick it up.

Is this a sentence fragment?   It is NOT a sentence fragment because it is a command.  Commands have an implied subject.  We assume the speaker (or writer) means You pick it up.  Though you is not written, it is implied. 



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