Expanded noun phrases: langur monkey

2 - The Grammar Bit

The Grammar Bit!

Read the three sentences opposite. They each contain one or more expanded noun phrase (bold). Effective expanded noun phrases should build description of nouns in a quick and precise way.

The most common way to do this is by adding an adjective before the noun. e.g. ‘the agile primates.’

You can also build description by adding a prepositional phrase or a relative clause after the noun. e.g. ‘the elderly man on the blue-washed rooftop(prepositional phrase) and ‘the winding streets, which were noisy and crowded.’ (relative clause).

With your talk partner, take one of the sentences opposite, and see if you can say the sentence aloud with an alternative expanded noun phrase.

Scintillating Sentences

1) The agile primates bounded across the rooftops.

2) The elderly man on the blue-washed rooftop waited patiently.

3) An exhilarating chase took place high above the winding streets, which were both noisy and crowded.


“Stop monkeying around – it’s time to take a break!”