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https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/price_is_right

Is this a phrase or clause. How do they differ aside from active verb.

A group of words that is part of, rather than the whole of, a sentence A phrase can be long or short but it does not include the subject-verb pairing necessary to make a clause.

Price is right is just missing 'The'. It has the subject verb pairing and is listed as a phrase. What is the distinction between this phrase with a verb and the ones these various definitions are describing including those phrases that only have one or the other either subject or verb.

  • Wiktionary is incorrect, or at least misleading. Native speakers would normally include some kind of article, usually "the", e.g. "The price is right". – Andrew Nov 6 '18 at 18:36
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    A phrase is a small group of words, grammatically taking the same place of a single word. For example, "the man on the Clapham omnibus" instead of "everyman", with "Mr Average" broadly between. "(The…) Price is Right" is a bad example because it isn't a phrase… it's a noun, however complex. A real phrase might be "Games such as The Price is Right" and d'you see the difference? A clause might be "Games such as The Price is Right are good (bad or indifferent)"… which could in itself be a sentence but only depending on your context. – Robbie Goodwin Nov 8 '18 at 22:35
  • @RobbieGoodwin This comment would make a great answer! – Tashus Nov 13 '18 at 19:49
  • Thanks, Tashus, and I don't appreciate SE's differentiation between Answers and Comments… – Robbie Goodwin Nov 18 '18 at 23:05
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To quote Study and Exam:

Clause and phrase are parts of a sentence. A clause is a group of words that consists of a subject and a verb. A phrase is a group of words that does not consist of a subject and a verb. ... On the other hand, the remaining part of sentence, 'on the bed' is a phrase because it lacks both the subject and the verb.

Difference Between Phrase and Clause

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