Functions of noun clause

Basically, there are two types of clauses in the english grammar — independent and dependent clauses. Independent or main clause doesn’t need anything else to construct meaning; but, dependent clause depends on others to realize proper meaning. Noun clause is also a type of depending clause, and used to form complex, as well as mixed sentences. Let’s see various functions of noun clause in the english grammar.

Noun clause

As I stated earlier that noun clause is a type of subordinate clause which is used as a noun in the sentence. And, it plays the role of noun, like to name things.

•I do not know how he solved the problem.

•She announces that she is not going to support our proposal.

•I thought that he might help us.

Noun clause is introduced by “that, what, how, if” etc. Further, it can also be introduced with “whatever, whenever, wherever” etc.

•Whatever you decide to do is fine for us.

•Whoever wants to join our organization should accept terms and conditions.

Noun clause — dependent clause

Though no cause could stand on itself for complete meaning, main or independent clauses used to describe independent ideas unlike subordinating clauses. So, noun clause is, basically, depends on the main clause for complete meaning.

•I do not know how he solved the problem.

•I don’t know — main clause.

•How he solved the problem — noun clause.

•She announces that she is not going to support our proposal.

•She announces — main clause.

•That she is going to support our proposal — noun clause.

Functions of noun clause

Like noun, noun clause also used to  plays the role of noun in the given  sentence. It can be placed anywhere from subject to object. Here, are some important roles and functions played by noun clauses.

Noun clause as a subject

•Why he is so late is yet to be known.

•What she planned was great surprise for us.

•Wherever we went to visit was memorable.

•Which goal is pursued is yet to be decided.

•Whoever aspires to join should declare immediately.

•That they are in trouble was completely unknown to me.

Noun clause as a object

•I don’t know when we are going to leave.

•Everyone knows that this is big game for us.

•She is so weak in math. she will pay whomever you ask to teach $200 per month.

Object of infinitive

•Don’t wait. We have to purchase whatever is left.

•I want to learn how they assembles so quickly.

Object of preposition

•It is true that your success in this exam depends on how you prepare in the last month.

•Be aware about what you have learned so far.

Subject complement

•My advice is that you should keep patience in crisis.

•Antarctica is where everyone wants to go once in life.

•Magician is who shows miracle.

Noun clause as a adjective complement

•I am impressed that that you started a NGO.

•She is surprised why he quit such a good job.

Apart from this, noun clause is commonly used to form indirect speech with “that” connector.

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