Lesson Notes By Weeks and Term - Senior Secondary School 2

Structure: Noun Phrases





  • Montgomery et al: Effective English for SS 2 ( Main Text) Evans Publishers, Ibadan
  • Ogunsanya et al: Countdown to SSCE, Evans Publisher, Ibadan.
  • Onuigbo S.M: Oral English for Schools and Colleges, Africana Publishers, Enugu.
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  • Ken Mebele et al: Goodbye to Failure in English for Senior Schools, Book 2, Treasure Publishers LTD, Lagos.
  • Benson O. A Oluikpe et al: Intensive English for Senior Secondary Schools, 2 Africanal Publishers LTD, Onitsha.
  • Oxford, Advanced Learners Dictionary.
  • WAEC Past Questions.



  • Topic: Structure: Noun Phrases.


Content: Definition, Identification and Functions.

Recall that a phrase is a group of words without a finite verb and is used as a single part of a speech or sentence.

A noun phrase is a phrase that has the noun as its headword and which performs any of the six functions of a noun – subject, object, complement, etc. 



  1. The fat woman with a tiny voice took ill shortly after the exercise.
  2. The new English teacher called John a lazy student.
  3. She is a woman of virtue.


Other Types of Noun phrases.


  • Gerundial Phrase.


This is a phrase introduced by a gerundial (verb ending in –ing)


  1. The government has banned smoking in public.
  2. Fixing that computer should not be a problem for him.



  • Infinitive Phrase


This phrase is identified by an infinitive (i.e the basic form of verb preceded by to)


  1. It is an offence to smoke in public.
  2. To fixthat computer should not be a problem.


Functions of Noun Phrases

  1. Subject of the verb

The young woman in pink gown is watching us.


  1. Object of the verb

The girl bought a big brown bag (direct)


  1. Noun phrase as subject complement.

Our principal is a hard-working woman.

  1. Noun phrase as object complement.

The infamous leader calls himselfan evil genius.


  1. Noun phrase as complement of preposition

The man died after a prolonged illness.


  1. Noun in apposition

Roberts’s fiancée hails from Ondo, a town in the west of Nigeria.



State the grammatical functions of nouns or noun equivalents with examples.



Countdown in English,Page 211.



  • Topic: Comprehension: Peptic Ulcer, Effective English, page 48.


Content: Review

This passage deals with peptic ulcer, which happens when parts of the stomach lining the duodenum are attacked by protein – digesting enzymes, pepsin and hydrochloric acid.The acid of these enzymes give rise to internal bleeding and pain which can only be relieved by taking food in small quantities at frequent intervals.



Read the passage again and answer the questions that accompany it (See Effective English,Pg 48)



  • Vocabulary Development: Words Associate with Health.


Contract – To get a disease or to be infected.

A syndrome – A pattern of illness that go together.

Chronic – Long lasting disease or illness.

Convalescence – A resting period after recovery from an illness.

Transfusion(Blood)  – This is giving a person blood that has been supplied by someone else.

Viruses – Tiny organisms, smaller than bacteria which cause disease.

Contagious – Spread by having contact with a patient suffering it (disease).

Coma – State of unconsciousness.

Anesthesia – This is given when an operation is about to be carried out.

Intravenous – Given through the vein.

Debilitating – Weakening.

Relapse – Fall back into the illness after recovery.



Practice 2, pg 50 – 51, Effective English.



Effective English,pg 50.



  1. Explain the duties of the following in a hospital setting;

a pathologist, a dermatologist, an obstetrician, a gynecologist, a physician.

  1. What is the function of each underlined noun phrase in the sentences below:
  1. Mr. Kola needed to see the principal
  2. To err is human.
  3. He remembered to clean his shoes.




  1. I saw my car __ from the parkA. been drivenB. driving C. being driven
  2. I saw ten naira note __ ta my feet A. laying B. lying C.lieing
  3. It is too expensive; we had better __ A. not buying B. not bought itC. not buying it
  4. Oil is a(n) __resourceA. finishedB. infinite C. finite
  5. He did apply for the job?      A. isn’t itB. didn’t heC. hadn’t he



Complete the sentence in section A, page 32

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