Is "the Olympics" a word or phrase or something else?

levon

New Member
USA, English
Hi,

I'm working as an advisor for an English-teaching television program. Each episode lasts a minute, and at the end of each episode the words or phrases that were taught are reviewed in the following manner:

"Today's key phrase is 'to go shopping'."

or

"Today's key sentence is 'I've just arrived at the airport.'"

or

"Today's key word is 'basketball'."

The stumbling block that I've run in to is that I'm not sure how to deal with cases like the following:

"Today's key ____ is 'the Olympics'."

Is it a word? Or words? Or a phrase? Or something else?

or

"Today's key ____ is 'air ball'."

or

"Today's key ____ are 'preliminary round' and 'elimination round'."

Any ideas on how to fill in the blanks? I would be grateful for any help.

Thanks!
 
  • levon

    New Member
    USA, English
    Thanks, bibliolept.

    What I'd like to do is use "phrase" every time the "thing" being taught is more than one word but is not a sentence, but I'm not sure that is legitimate.

    Does "the Olympics" count as a phrase?

    Is "air ball" a phrase?

    Thanks so much for the help and advice!
     

    levon

    New Member
    USA, English
    Thanks again for your help.

    I took a look at the Wikipedia page on "phrase", and it seems to support the idea of one or more words being a phrase.

    I still feel a bit awkward calling "air ball" a phrase, though.
     
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