Looking at the types of clauses

Hello, welcome to our learning series today. Hope you are enjoying learning English online with us. We will be continuing with our lesson on clauses. So far we have examined the independent clause and the dependent clause. The independent clause as we said makes meaning on its own while the dependent clause depends on the independent to make a complete meaning.

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In this lesson, we will be looking at the various types of clauses namely the noun clause, the adverbial clause, and the adjectival clause.

We will start by looking at the noun clause deeply.After that, we will be looking at the other types of clauses in our subsequent lessons. Ensure to follow us in this enjoyable journey of learning English online.

So we will be starting with the noun clause. The noun clause simply is a group of words in a sentence that can fully replace the noun in a sentence. The noun clause can capably do the work of a noun.

Joel is amazing.

That boy we met is amazing.

In the first sentence, Joel is the subject as well as the noun.

In the second sentence, “That boy we met ” has replaced Joel in the first sentence, still doing the work of the noun well.

That boy we met is a noun clause.

Most times the noun clause is a dependent clause.

Nancy is a good cook.

Whoever cooked this food is a good cook.

In the first sentence “Nancy is a good cook“. We see that Nancy is the subject in the sentence.

Now moving over to the next sentence “whoever cooked this food is a good cook.” We see that the dependent clause “whoever cooked this food” has replaced Nancy. This clause is a noun clause.

Now you see how you can identify the noun clause in a sentence. In most cases in the English language, we see that the noun clause most times is introduced with (that is the noun clause starts with) words like whoever, whatever, whomever.

In the previous example “Whoever cooked this food is a good cook”, we see the the noun clause “Whoever cooked this food is a good cook” starting with whoever.

Whatever you think is alright with us.

Whatever you think here is the noun clause. It begins with whatever.

Noun clauses can appear anywhere in a sentence not just the beginning.

During the weekdays, we do whatever we choose.

Whatever we choose coming at the end of the sentence is a noun clause.

There we are with a basic idea of the noun clause. Follow us to our next in our English learning series and enjoy learning English online.

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