Phrases and Clauses in Pride and Prejudice

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Infinitive Phase“To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love…” (10).


Participial Phrase“Observing his second daughter employed in trimming a hat, he suddenly addressed her with…” (7).


Gerund Phrase“He had entertained hopes of being admitted to a sight of the young ladies…” (10).


Appositive Phrase“She has only one daughter, the heiress of Rosings, and of very extensive property” (76).


Adjectival Prepositional Phrase“The idea of the olive branch perhaps is not wholly new…” (72).


Adverbial Prepositional Phrase“She could not imagine what business he could have in town so soon after his arrival in Hertfordshire…” (11).


Dependent Noun Clause“But here he was set right by Mrs. Bennett, who assured him with some asperity that they were very well able to keep a good cook, and that her daughters had nothing to do in the kitchen” (74).


Dependent Relative ClauseEx. “…I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men” (13).


Dependent Adverbial Clause“When she was discontented she fancied herself nervous” (6).


Simple Sentence“Mr. Bennett made no answer” (3).


Compound Sentence“You want to tell me, and I have no objection to hearing it” (3).


Complex Sentence“When she was discontented she fancied herself nervous” (6).


Compound-Complex Sentence“He was the proudest, most disagreeable man in the world, and everybody hoped that he would never come there again” (12).
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