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In English a noun doesn't change based on what case it is - whether it's the subject, the direct object, the indrect object, etc. The pronouns do - which is why we say "He is my brother" where "he" is the subject and in the nominative case, but "I gave it to him" where "him" is the indirect object and in objective case.
If something is a nominative phrase, it serves as the subject of the clause.
It's always something of a tossup as to whether a "noun phrase" is so-called because it functions as a noun or because it begins with a noun. It's often both.
So do we say "gerund phrase" or "gerundive phrase"? The first is a noun and the second is an adjective.
Participal phrase / participial phrase
Preposition phrase / prepositional phrase
Adverb phrase / adverbial phrase
When you see "nominal / nominativephrase," substitute "noun phrase." After that, you're on your own.
Edit. I meant to add that "nominal" and "nominative" are both adjectives for "noun" and "name."
We of course do use "nominative case" consistently. That is, we don't say "noun case," although that's basically what it means.
I'd be willing to bet that if you found the term "nominative phrase" in an article on the net, you would not also find the term "noun phrase" in the same article (written by the same person).
- present company excepted.
(Okay, guys, let me have it!)
Edit Edit. Our "house" search engine turns up 20 hits for "nominal phrase" and only 5 hits for "nominative phrase." ("noun phrase," only 932)
Edit. Edit. Edit. There's one interesting post in house in which a poster asks about what he calls an "absolute phrase" or "nominative phrase." His example is "His wife looking out the window, she is waiting for him."
Clive rejected this. I think I've heard the usage sometime in my long life, but I know nothing about it.
There are also a couple of threads in the Linguistics Forum which would curl your hair. If you're interested, you might post over there.
Sorry if I misjudged your level of competence (not much to go on).
My apologies to MrP, by the way. I think his usage was "nominal phrase."
The "absolute / nominative" guy had a second example:
"Him watching TV he forgot to call his mom." I would have said, "He - - - ."
As I think about it, a usage is coming into my memory which may be subjunctive, I'm not sure:
"He being lazy, I'd rather give the job to someone else." (prior context assumed) I'm not sure if this is the same thing, or if this has any bearing on the usage you're asking about.
Grammar Geek If something is a nominative phrase, it serves as the subject of the clause.Thanks, GG [Y]
Anonymous I would like to understand what it means, see some examples"The bad boy blushed." "The bad boy" is the nominative phrase in this sentence.
OMG! You take me back to my Latin and Russian classes in high school - the cases and declinations of nouns and adjectives: nominative, genitive, dative, accusative, ablative, vocative, instrumental ... and a different ending for each one in singular and plural, and a different ending for the adjectives, too. Figuring out what modified what was pretty simple!
Nominative can also be the predicate noun as well as the subject (at least for Latin).
Agricola, agricolae, agricolorum, ...
If I hadn't taken Latin in HS, I would have never learned how to say "the" in German!
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