Grammar

What are Noun Clauses in English

We already have talked about independent and dependent clauses. We studied that depend or subordinate clauses are subdivided into three parts: 1.Noun Clause 2. Adjective Clause 3. Adverb Clause. It can function as a noun, an adjective or an adverb in a sentence. In this article we will talk about noun clauses, what are noun clauses in English. 

What are noun clauses in English?
What are noun clauses in English?

What are Noun Clauses in English?

A group of words containing a subject and a main verb which functions as a noun is called noun clause.
The words below are commonly used in the formation of noun clauses.
What, When, Where, How, Why, Whoever, Whenever, Whatever Wherever, etc.
Uses:
As a subject: Structure: NC + MV + ROTS

  • Whatever she had for dinner made her sick.
  • What you said didn`t make any sense to me.

As an object: Structure: S + (adverb) Vc + NC

  • I really liked what she bought for me.
  • They hated how impolitely he spoke with them.

As object of preposition:  Structure#1: S + (adveb) Vc + preposition + NC

  • I am still thinking about what you told me this morning.
  • He objects to why they didn’t allow him to attend the meeting

Structure#2: S + be + adjective + preposition + NC

  • I am proud of what she has done for me.
  • They are excited about how easy they passed the TOEFL test.

In the middle of an adjective clause:

  • Anyone who says that English teachers are boring will be fined.

In the middle of an adverb clause:

  • Although I respected what the manager said, I disagreed with his idea.

Exercise:

Complete each sentence with a properly formed noun clause:

1. John asked me ________________.
where was his wallet
where his wallet was

2. I couldn’t tell him ________________.
where was I
where I was

3. I don’t know ________________.
how many children he has
how many children does he have

4. ________________ is not important.
How close we are
How close are we

5. ________________ was sad.
What did she say
What she said

6. We are not responsible for ________________.
what our children say
what do our children say

7. Is it true ________________ about you?
what did he say
what he said

8. I’m not going to tell you ________________.
what should you do
what you should do

9. I wonder if ________________ from Germany.
is he
he is

10. The teacher told us ________________ our finished exams.
where we should leave
where should we leave

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