Grammar Lesson: The Noun Clause (page 2)
A noun clause (a group of words that has at least one subject and one verb) is a subordinate or dependent clause that functions, as its name suggests, as a noun.
It can be a subject, direct object, indirect object, object of the preposition, or a predicate nominative. This type of clause often starts with any one of these words—how, that, what, whatever, when, where, whether, which, whichever, who, whoever, whom, whomever, whose, and why.
The noun clause is underlined in each of these sentences. Its function within the sentence follows in the parentheses.
- What you thought about that candidate is correct. (subject)
- The paleontologist remembers when he met you at the conference. (direct object)
- Will these older folks recall how they were part of a terrific generation? (direct object)
- Remind whoever is on your discussion panel that we will meet tomorrow morning in the library. (indirect object)
- Give whoever needs that information the correct numbers. (indirect object)
- Mr. Bellington reminded us of where we should obtain the necessary papers for our licenses. (object of the preposition)
- My children's request is that you wear your silly tie to the birthday party. (predicate nominative)
- The lady's wish is that you bring her some pansies and daisies. (predicate nominative)
Activity 1- The Many Uses of the Noun Clause
Indicate the function of the underlined noun clause in each sentence. Write the correct letter codes on the line preceding each sentence. Each function is used at least once.
- ____ These math teachers taught us whatever we needed to know for the exam.
- ____ The winner will be whichever speller correctly spells the most words.
- ____ When the next door will open is puzzling to all of us.
- ____ Give the survey's results to whoever asks for them.
- ____ The family's housekeeper scrubbed whichever floors were dirty.
- ____ I asked whomever I wanted to come to the dance.
- ____ Whatever time you decide to leave is fine with me.
- ____ That these clams cannot be opened more easily frustrates Samantha.
- ____ Winning the raffle prize was what excited him the most.
- ____ Winnie presented whoever had earned fifty tickets with a certificate.
- ____ My younger brother forgot that he needed to pick up the shirt from the cleaners.
- ____ You may travel with whomever you desire.
- ____ Fred is very aware of what you meant.
- ____ What was on the screen was very intriguing.
- ____ Working diligently for many years is why Dr. Hutter is a leader in the field of dentistry.
- Noun clauses used as subjects are underlined in sentences 3, 7, 8, and 14.
- Noun clauses used as direct objects are underlined in sentences 1, 5, and 11.
- Noun clauses used as indirect objects are underlined in sentences 6 and 10.
- Noun clauses used as objects of the preposition are underlined in sentences 4, 12, and 13.
- Noun clauses used as predicate nominatives are underlined in sentences 2, 9, and 15.
Activity 2- Adjective, Adverb, and Noun Clause Review
Circle the correct letter of the underlined clause, and then write that letter on the line before the sentence. Finally, write these ten consecutive letters on the line below the last sentence to spell out an interesting ten-letter word.
- ___ Whenever you need a lift, call me.
- ___ Give this ticket to whomever needs to get in here.
- ___ The trampoline that is in your backyard is great fun.
- ___ I will assist you as soon as I can.
- ___ Can you read while others are talking around you?
- ___ This is the computer that you bought.
- ___ Pia decided that she will go to college this semester.
- ___ Mr. Jones, who is my mayor, will be here this evening.
- ___ These magnificent mountains that we just saw are breathtaking.
- ___ I understand what you mean by that.
(b) adjective clause (q) adverb clause (j) noun clause
(a) adjective clause (k) adverb clause (u) noun clause
(e) adjective clause (p) adverb clause (y) noun clause
(e) adjective clause (s) adverb clause (c) noun clause
(h) adjective clause (t) adverb clause (d) noun clause
(i) adjective clause (c) adverb clause (w) noun clause
(a) adjective clause (i) adverb clause (o) noun clause
(n) adjective clause (b) adverb clause (m) noun clause
(e) adjective clause (u) adverb clause (n) noun clause
(y) adjective clause (t) adverb clause (r) noun clause
The ten-letter word is ____________________.
The answer spells out QUESTIONER