Can a verb then preposition then noun make an independent clause?


he ignored how much it hurt, and the fear of death.


he prayed for miracles, and the love of god.

I've tried to make it these independent clauses by using them after an independent clause, comma and conjunction. So, I hope to show that they are independent clauses. Apologies if that's made the question worse.

Both seem to contain a noun (death / god) and verb (love / fear), but it's not clear that they make sense on their own, so that the noun is predicated something. Unlike, I suppose

God loves.

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  • sorry for my ignorance! – user3293056 Nov 16 '17 at 1:19

Verb - preposition - noun works, e.g.

Go for coffee.

Noun - preposition - noun doesn't work as a stand-alone clause because it has no verb.

  • let's go for coffee! ha ;) – user3293056 Nov 16 '17 at 6:11
  • further comment / voting on this exciting answer would be much appreciated :) ! – user3293056 Nov 16 '17 at 6:14

In your examples, fear and love are most likely nouns, not verbs. Hence they cannot stand alone as sentences; they're just phrases. In English, words sometimes do not change form when they change from one part of speech into another, such as from verb to noun.

  • well you may well be right. but what about the question title? – user3293056 Nov 16 '17 at 1:36
  • is there any way i can convince you that they are verbs, or construct a sentence which is unambiguously verb / of / noun? – user3293056 Nov 16 '17 at 2:10
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    @user3293056 "fear" and "love" in your examples are definitely nouns; you can't put an article before a verb. – Hellion Nov 16 '17 at 19:59

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