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Noun clauses

Noun Clauses

  • Click on speaker icon to hear the audio portion in addition to the slide presentation over Noun Clauses


Noun clause introductory words

Noun Clause Introductory Words

  • Noun clauses may be introduced by some of the same words that introduce adjective clauses: Who,Whose, Whom, and That.

  • They can also be introduced with the pronouns Whoever, Whomever, What,and Whatever.


Noun clauses1

Noun Clauses

  • Who/What? + verb = Subject

  • Subject + verb + who/what? = Direct object

  • Subject + verb + DO + to/for whom/what? = Indirect object

  • Subject + linking verb + whom/what? = Predicate

    nominative

    Preposition + noun clause = Object of the

    Preposition


Noun clauses2

Noun Clauses

(subject)

  • Whoever kidnapped the celebrity escaped to Europe.

  • The professor said that the research paper was due in two weeks.

  • The winner of the race is who will be announced on the five o’clock news.

  • He regretted what he had done to his neighbor’s car.

  • They will give whoever finishes the marathon a certificate of participation.

(Direct object)

(Predicate nominative)

(Direct object)

(Indirect object)


More examples

More Examples

  • When they heard the crash, everyone looked up to see what happened.

  • Wishing that he had studied harder, the student dropped his head and prayed.

  • The committee will give whoever wins the tournament an invitation to the state finals.

(Direct Object)

(Direct Object)

(Indirect Object)


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Noun Clauses

  • When?Where?and How? can also introduce noun clauses:

    • The police knew where the thieves were hiding.

    • Where the lost boy can be is anyone’s guess.

    • Only highly trained experts can explain how this machine works.

    • How anyone can solve this puzzle remains a mystery.

(Direct Object)

(Subject)

(Direct Object)

(Subject)


Special noun clauses

Special Noun Clauses

  • Sometimes the introductory word is omitted from the noun clause.

    The dentist did not know the woman had been a former patient.

    • The mechanic told her she could pick up her car tomorrow afternoon.

  • Note: When you have two subjects and two verbs not connected with a conjunction, the introductory word that has been omitted.

(Direct object)

(Direct object)


Conclusion

Conclusion

  • A noun clause must have a subject and a verb.

  • The relative pronouns who, whose, whom, and that introduce noun clauses.

  • Whoever, Whomever, What, and Whatever also introduce noun clauses.

  • The noun clause will functions as

    • Subject

    • Direct Object

    • Indirect Object

    • Predicate Nominative

    • Object of the Preposition


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