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Noun Clause. Another type of Subordinate Clause. Functions as a noun It can do anything a noun can do It can act as a subject, a direct object, a predicate nominative, an indirect object, or the object of a preposition It can appear at the beginning, middle, or end of a sentence.

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Noun clause

Noun Clause

Another type of Subordinate Clause


  • Functions as a noun

  • It can do anything a noun can do

  • It can act as a subject, a direct object, a predicate nominative, an indirect object, or the object of a preposition

  • It can appear at the beginning, middle, or end of a sentence


Certain words usually introduce a noun clause
Certain words usually introduce a noun clause

  • How

  • If

  • That

  • What

  • Whatever

  • When

  • Where

  • Whether

  • Which

  • Whichever

  • Who

  • Whoever

  • Whom

  • Whose

  • Why








Editing tip
Editing Tip because it is understood. The sentences below make sense if you read them with or without the bracketed word.

  • Only omit the introductory word in a noun clause if it doesn’t cause misunderstanding.

  • Unclear –Tom didn’t believe Jerry would leave town.

  • Clear – Tom didn’t believe that Jerry would leave town.

  • Unclear- Mom didn’t say you called.

  • Clear- Mom didn’t say that you called.


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