In the following examples:

A boy with blue eyes and black tshirt stood in the corner.

An old man who knew how to live a life the right way looked through the window.

What would you call these phrases?

with blue eyes and black tshirt

who knew how to live a life the right way

I understand they are part of the subject. What would you call them when you do a grammatical analyses?

Also is there a list of patterns to form phrases like these?

I can create lots of variations and all will start from the words 'with' or 'who'. I suspect there are more ways to create phrases like these.

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They are adjective phrases. An adjective phrase is a group of words that describe a noun or pronoun in a sentence. The adjective phrase can be placed before, or after, the noun or pronoun in the sentence.



The second one is an adjective clause, not an adjective phrase. The fact that it begins with who is a clear sign. It also contains a verb, which phrases do not.

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