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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


Noun 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


Noun clause


Noun clause


Noun clause


Noun clause


Noun clause


Noun clause


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.