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Noun Phrases: Recognise Noun Phrases

In this worksheet, students practise identifying noun phrases in sentences.

'Noun Phrases: Recognise Noun Phrases' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:   Noun Phrase Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

A noun is a naming word.

kite

 

A noun phrase also names something, but using more than one word.

a yellow and blue kite with a long tail

 

In the following sentence the noun phrase is underlined.

The old red car with a rusty bonnet broke down outside school.

 

If you are not sure if a group of words is a noun phrase or not, try replacing it with a pronoun. If it still makes sense then it is a noun phrase.

It broke down outside school.

 

Using a noun phrase can make writing more interesting than just using a noun on its own.

Read the following sentence and decide whether the underlined part is a noun, a noun phrase, or neither.

 

Jack played cricket in the garden.

noun

noun phrase

neither

Read the following sentence and decide whether the underlined part is a noun, a noun phrase, or neither.

 

Mo ate his sandwiches and then went out to play.

noun

noun phrase

neither

Read the following sentence and decide whether the underlined part is a noun, a noun phrase, or neither.

 

Jacob had a shiny new bicycle for his birthday.

noun

noun phrase

neither

Read the following sentence and decide whether the underlined part is a noun, a noun phrase, or neither.

 

Lucy ran quickly for the bus but she was too late.

noun

noun phrase

neither

Read the following sentence and decide whether the underlined part is a noun, a noun phrase, or neither.

 

Harry and Adil were playing cricket in the field behind Harry's house.

noun

noun phrase

neither

Tick the noun phrase in the following sentence.

 

The small kitten with the stripy fur yawned sleepily and then curled up in its basket.

the small kitten with the stripy fur

yawned sleepily

curled up in its basket

Which is the noun phrase this time?

 

Skye gave Millie a pretty blue hairband with flowers on it for Christmas.

Skye gave Millie

a pretty blue hairband with flowers on it

for Christmas

Which is the noun phrase this time?

 

Robbie took his little sisters Ruby and Jade to the park to play on the swings.

Robbie took

his little sisters Ruby and Jade

to play on the swings

This time, identify the noun phrase in the sentence below and write it in the answer box.

 

Jodie loves playing on her shiny new tricycle.

Identify the noun phrase in the sentence below and write it in the answer box.

 

The three boys in denim jackets ran past, laughing and shouting.

  • Question 1

Read the following sentence and decide whether the underlined part is a noun, a noun phrase, or neither.

 

Jack played cricket in the garden.

CORRECT ANSWER
noun
EDDIE SAYS
Well done! 'Cricket' is a noun as it is the name of a game. Remember noun's are words use for names, people, places and things.
  • Question 2

Read the following sentence and decide whether the underlined part is a noun, a noun phrase, or neither.

 

Mo ate his sandwiches and then went out to play.

CORRECT ANSWER
neither
EDDIE SAYS
If you are stuck at all you can go back and read the introduction. Noun phrases are a group of words used to describe the noun. 'Went' is a verb so is neither, as it is a word that describes an action. Keep going you got this!
  • Question 3

Read the following sentence and decide whether the underlined part is a noun, a noun phrase, or neither.

 

Jacob had a shiny new bicycle for his birthday.

CORRECT ANSWER
noun phrase
EDDIE SAYS
Good job! The words underlined are a noun phrase. They give more information and describe the noun in the sentence. The noun is 'bicycle' as it is an object. 'shiny new' tells us what type of bicycle it is.
  • Question 4

Read the following sentence and decide whether the underlined part is a noun, a noun phrase, or neither.

 

Lucy ran quickly for the bus but she was too late.

CORRECT ANSWER
neither
EDDIE SAYS
'Ran quickly' is a verb followed by an adverb. It describes an action and how the action was performed. You getting the hang of this?
  • Question 5

Read the following sentence and decide whether the underlined part is a noun, a noun phrase, or neither.

 

Harry and Adil were playing cricket in the field behind Harry's house.

CORRECT ANSWER
noun phrase
EDDIE SAYS
Super effort!'In the field behind Harry's house' describes the noun so it is a noun phrase. A noun phrase gives us more information on the noun.
  • Question 6

Tick the noun phrase in the following sentence.

 

The small kitten with the stripy fur yawned sleepily and then curled up in its basket.

CORRECT ANSWER
the small kitten with the stripy fur
EDDIE SAYS
You getting the hang of this? 'The small kitten with the stripy fur' can be replaced by the pronoun 'it' and the sentence still makes sense. The other two phrases contain verbs (yawned and curled) so they cannot be noun phrases.
  • Question 7

Which is the noun phrase this time?

 

Skye gave Millie a pretty blue hairband with flowers on it for Christmas.

CORRECT ANSWER
a pretty blue hairband with flowers on it
EDDIE SAYS
Super work! 'a pretty blue hairband with flowers on it' is the noun phrase as it still names the hairband but gives us a bit more information about it. The noun phrase could also be replaced with the pronoun 'it'.
  • Question 8

Which is the noun phrase this time?

 

Robbie took his little sisters Ruby and Jade to the park to play on the swings.

CORRECT ANSWER
his little sisters Ruby and Jade
EDDIE SAYS
Remember if a group of words can be replaced with a pronoun, it is a noun phrase. 'His little sisters Ruby and Jade' can be replaced with the pronoun 'us' and the sentence would still make sense. Nearly there you got this!
  • Question 9

This time, identify the noun phrase in the sentence below and write it in the answer box.

 

Jodie loves playing on her shiny new tricycle.

CORRECT ANSWER
her shiny new tricycle
EDDIE SAYS
Great effort well done! 'Her shiny new tricycle' is the noun phrase. The noun phrase can be replaced by the pronoun 'it' and the sentence would make sense.
  • Question 10

Identify the noun phrase in the sentence below and write it in the answer box.

 

The three boys in denim jackets ran past, laughing and shouting.

CORRECT ANSWER
the three boys in denim jackets
EDDIE SAYS
Super work! 'The three boys in denim jackets', is the noun phrase. The noun phrase can be replaced by the pronoun 'they'.
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