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The answer to the duplicate explains the differences between clauses and phrases, but fails to answer my question, as this is the explanation given:
The short answer: clauses contain a subject and its verb, while phrases do not. Note that phrases may contain nouns and verbals, but won't have the noun as the verb's actor.
- I do not understand what is meant by verbals and the noun as the verb's actor may as well be written in Swedish (of which I know not one word!).
So I am posting this question again, as my question has not been answered. Clauses and phrases were the only thing I failed when studying English at school and forever it has been difficult for me to grasp (I don't think it was explained well, as I had a similar problem with positive and negative numbers the same year, and went on the excel at high level maths).
I am looking to understand the very basics of what a clause is, what a phrase is, and by understanding these definitions it, hopefully, will be clear what the differences are.
Can anyone, please, explain this and provide embedded answers?