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Noun Clauses. A noun clause is a subordinate clause that functions as a noun. Like a noun. A noun clause can be a subject, a predicate nominative, a direct object, an indirect object, or an object of a preposition. It can come at the beginning, middle, or end of a sentence. Examples.

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Noun clauses

Noun Clauses

A noun clause is a subordinate clause that functions as a noun


Like a noun
Like a noun . . .

A noun clause can be a subject, a predicate nominative, a direct object, an indirect object, or an object of a preposition.

It can come at the beginning, middle, or end of a sentence.


Examples
Examples . . .

  • Which coat to choose is Mohammad’s dilemma. [subject]

  • The issue is how long should we wait. [predicate nominative]

  • Give what you can to this worthy cause. [direct object]

  • Please send whoever is interested this questionnaire. [indirect object]

  • Please help yourself to whatever you need. [object of preposition]


Words that can introduce noun clauses
Words that can Introduce Noun Clauses

  • How

  • If

  • That

  • What

  • Whatever

  • When

  • Where

  • Whether

  • Which

  • Who

  • Whoever

  • Whom

  • Whomever

  • Whose

  • Why


Writing tip use noun clauses sparingly
Writing Tip: Use Noun Clauses Sparingly

  • An overuse of noun clauses can make your writing sound stuffy and stilted.

  • Original: Whatever the grade may be is not the issue.

  • Less formal, less wordy: The grade is not the issue.


Identify noun clauses
Identify Noun Clauses

You know that you’re the fastest runner on the team.

Whoever wins tomorrow’s race will compete in the county meet.

A better long jumper is what we need most on this team.

Coach Lazdowski certainly knows when she can get the maximum effort out of us.

What she does with this team is quite impressive.


Why Jimmy didn’t try out for the team is beyond me.

Why can’t we just make whoever is qualified part of this team?

Only the individual involved can decide whether he or she will try out for a team.

Please give whoever tries out next year lots of encouragement.

Sometimes, the problem is deciding which of two teams to join.



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