A noun clause does the work of a noun in a sentence or phrase. It is a group of words containing a subject and a finite verb of its own.
Some Rules: noun clauses usually begin with words like how, why, what, where, when, who, that, which, whose, whether, etc. Also words like whoever, whenever, whatever and wherever
There are therefore just three basic types of noun clauses:
- those that start with a question word such as where, how, who, when and why
- those that start with whether, whatever etc or if
- those that start with that.
Examples of the noun clause:1. Where does John live?
2. If John buys a Ferrari
3. That Mr. Smith is a good teacher
4. I know that there are things that never have been funny, and never will be. And I know that ridicule may be a shield, but it is not a weapon.
5. I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.6.These children must visit the school doctor.
7. Merdine gets homesick every time she hears the cry of a train whistle.8. The first alarm clock woke the sleeper by gently rubbing his feet.
9. Bushido is the traditional code of honor of the samurai.10. Oxygen is the chief life-supporting element of all animal life.