Noun Phrases Worksheet For Class 8

A noun phrase is a group of words that serves the same purpose as a noun. Note that a noun can be the subject or object of a verb. A noun phrase will always have a noun which is the headword. It may also consist of determiners, adjectives, numbers or quantifiers.

Examples are given below.

The poor woman struggled to make a living.

Noun phrase: the poor woman; headword: woman

This noun phrase consists of the article the and the adjective poor.

A lot of people want to buy cars.

Noun phrase: a lot of people; headword: people

This noun phrase consists of the quantifier ‘a lot of’

She was wearing a lovely blue dress.

Noun phrase: a lovely blue dress; headword: dress

This noun phrase consists of the article a and the adjectives lovely and blue.

Those flowers are beautiful. (Noun phrase: those flowers; it consists of the determiner those and the noun flowers)

Note that adjectives, articles, determiners and quantifiers go before the noun. Hence, they are often called pre-modifiers.

A noun phrase may also contain postmodifiers. These are the words that go after the noun. The postmodifier is usually a prepositional phrase, an infinitive phrase or an ing phrase.

The man standing over there is my uncle.

Noun phrase: the man standing over there

Here the noun phrase consists of the ing phrase ‘standing over there’.

Who is that tall boy in the second row?

Noun phrase: that tall boy in the second row

Headword: boy

Premodifiers: that, tall

Postmodifiers: in the second row

I haven’t got anything to wear.

Noun phrase: anything to wear

Headword: anything

Postmodifier: to wear

Noun phrases worksheet for class 8

Underline the noun phrases in the following sentences and identify the headword.

1. The old woman living in that house is very kind.

2. Who is that child sitting in the corner?

3. Please take the books lying on the floor.

4. I don’t know what I am supposed to do with this tough assignment.

5. There I met an old man with a crooked nose.

6. There are plenty of mangoes on the tree.

7. Regular consumption of fast food is harmful to health.

8. The annual sports meet will be organized on Monday.

9. Have we got anything to eat?

10. The children playing in the park seemed so happy and energetic.

Answers

1. The old woman living in that house is very kind. (headword: woman)

2. Who is that child sitting in the corner? (headword: child)

3. Please take the books lying on the floor. (headword: books)

4. I don’t know what I am supposed to do with this tough assignment. (headword: assignment)

5. There I met an old man with a crooked nose. (headword: man)

6. There are plenty of mangoes on the tree. (headword: mangoes)

7. Regular consumption of fast food is harmful to health. (headword: fast food)

8. The annual sports meet will be organized on Monday. (headword: sports meet)

9. Have we got anything to eat? (headword: anything)

10. The children playing in the park seemed so happy and energetic. (headword: children)

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