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Complex Noun Phrases: Authentic Text Examples

Understanding complex noun phrases with examples from real texts

Most academic or journalistic texts are quite dense with complex noun phrases. The reason for this is that they can present a lot of information in a few words. The examples shown in previous pages were chosen from real texts but each one was chosen to exemplify one particular aspect of noun phrase modification. The following examples are also from real texts, but they have been chosen to show how various types of noun modification are commonly used in such texts. Each example demonstrates more than one type of modification (both premodificationSee the glossary definition and postmodificationSee the glossary definition ).

Each example highlights various aspects of noun phrase modification along with an explanation. Click in each textbox to start and to cycle through each animation.

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