Thursday, January 15, 2009

Lesson 48: Noun Clause

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Review: You've learned that a Clause is a group of words which contains a subject and a predicate. It is usually considered a part of a sentence; but when it is capable of standing alone, it is equivalent to a simple sentence. Now you will learn the 3rd kind of clause which is actually a subtype of dependent clause: the Noun Clause. Therefore, a noun clause cannot stand on its own and is not considered a simple sentence.


A DEPENDENT CLAUSE may be used as a noun, such that it is called a Noun Clause. The Noun Clause may be used in a variety of ways.


a.) Noun clause used as a subject of the sentence.

  • THAT YOU TRY is commendable.
  • WHAT TO ASK was the big problem.


b.) Noun clause used as a direct object.

  • Justin said THAT HE TRIED.
  • I announced THAT HE GOT THE TOP RANK IN CLASS.


c.) Noun clause used as object of the preposition.

  • We talked about WHAT WE WOULD DO.
  • The panel agreed on WHOM TO SEND TO THE CONFERENCE.


d.) Noun clause used as predicate nominative/subjective complement.

  • The fact is THAT HE WON THE FIRST PRIZE.
  • The trouble was THAT THE LEFT THE PARTY.


e.) Noun clause used as an appositive to the subject.

  • The fact THAT HE WON is correct.
  • The reason WHY I AM HERE is apparent.


f.) Noun clause used as an appositive to the object of the verb.

  • You hardly explained the fact THAT HE WON DESPITE ALL ODDS.
  • Nena does not know the reason WHY WE LAUGHED.


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