adjective + noun + preposition + noun (noun phrases)

It was a short period of time.

In the above example, the noun ‘period‘ is the head noun of the noun phrase.

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1 SHORT PERIOD OF TIME 40830
2 LONG PERIODS OF TIME 30173
3 LONG PERIOD OF TIME 28664
4 NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH 20878
5 EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME 20084
6 SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME 17481
7 PAST COUPLE OF YEARS 15347
8 DAILY NEWS BY EMAIL 14861
9 LONGER PERIOD OF TIME 13537
10 GREAT DEAL OF TIME 11825
11 EXTENDED PERIODS OF TIME 10723
12 BEST COURSE OF ACTION 10493
13 NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES 10304
14 GOOD RULE OF THUMB 10232
15 CERTAIN AMOUNT OF TIME 9078
16 GENERAL RULE OF THUMB 8844
17 GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY 8827
18 LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH 8728
19 AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS 8098
20 GREAT VALUE FOR MONEY 7984
21 LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE 7942
22 TOTAL COST OF OWNERSHIP 7779
23 VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE 7775
24 VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING 7511
25 METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART 7402
26 LONGER PERIODS OF TIME 7342
27 GRAND SCHEME OF THINGS 7139
28 FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION 6940
29 SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF TIME 6933
30 CERTAIN PERIOD OF TIME 6900
31 VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES 6719
32 WIDE RANGE OF TOPICS 6412
33 SHORT SPACE OF TIME 6353
34 WIDE RANGE OF PRODUCTS 6022
35 REASONABLE AMOUNT OF TIME 5930
36 LITTLE BIT OF TIME 5902
37 JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF 5806
38 SHORT PERIODS OF TIME 5750
39 FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY 5547
40 ANNUAL REPORT ON FORM 5474
41 LARGE AMOUNTS OF DATA 5408
42 PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS 5383
43 WIDE RANGE OF SERVICES 5162
44 CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF TIME 5101
45 BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE 5087
46 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS 4861
47 EXCELLENT VALUE FOR MONEY 4854
48 WIDE RANGE OF APPLICATIONS 4806
49 LARGE SUMS OF MONEY 4701
50 AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS 4666
51 LARGE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE 4608
52 SQUARE FEET OF SPACE 4561
53 FULL RANGE OF MOTION 4509
54 NEW LEASE OF LIFE 4294
55 PAST COUPLE OF MONTHS 4276
56 GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR 4255
57 SMALL GROUP OF PEOPLE 4239
58 GOOD AMOUNT OF TIME 4173
59 WIDE RANGE OF INDUSTRIES 4165
60 SPECIFIED PERIOD OF TIME 4128
61 LIMITED AMOUNT OF TIME 4051
62 ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME 4033
63 SMALL NUMBER OF PEOPLE 4016
64 SHALLOW DEPTH OF FIELD 4014
65 WIDE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES 3987
66 VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS 3921
67 REASONABLE PERIOD OF TIME 3860
68 SMALL AMOUNT OF WATER 3784
69 GREAT DEAL OF MONEY 3701
70 SINGLE POINT OF CONTACT 3609
71 NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS 3532
72 SMALL AMOUNT OF MONEY 3531
73 BEST VALUE FOR MONEY 3526
74 SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF MONEY 3498
75 RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS 3485
76 GOOD SENSE OF HUMOR 3471
77 VAST MAJORITY OF CASES 3453
78 LARGE SUM OF MONEY 3369
79 LARGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY 3356
80 FAIR AMOUNT OF TIME 3349
81 EUROPEAN COURT OF JUSTICE 3339
82 LARGE AMOUNT OF MONEY 3315
83 LARGE GROUP OF PEOPLE 3307
84 DIFFERENT POINTS OF VIEW 3276
85 VICE PRESIDENT OF BUSINESS 3268
86 SPECIFIC PERIOD OF TIME 3237
87 VICE PRESIDENT OF PRODUCT 3215
88 NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH 3193
89 BEST PLACES TO WORK 3192
90 DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY 3191
91 WIDE RANGE OF ISSUES 3173
92 NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE 3076
93 WIDE RANGE OF OPTIONS 3068
94 CERTAIN AMOUNT OF MONEY 3056
95 ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART 3021
96 INTERGOVERNMENTAL PANEL ON CLIMATE 2959
97 BEST INTERESTS AT HEART 2953
98 HUGE AMOUNT OF MONEY 2937
99 PAST COUPLE OF DAYS 2936
100 SHORTER PERIOD OF TIME 2914