Noun Clauses

Noun clauses can do anything that nouns can do. For example :

  • “What he knows [subject] is no concern of mine.”
  • “Do you know what he knows [object] ?”
  • “What can you tell me about what he has done this year [object of the preposition “about”] ?”
NOUN CLAUSE AS SUBJECT What they did with the treasure remains a mystery.
Whatever you want for dessert is fine with me.
That you should feel this way about her came as a great surprise to us.
NOUN CLAUSE AS OBJECT Juan finally revealed what he had done with the money.
Her husband spent whatever she had saved over the years.
I don’t know what I should do next.
NOUN CLAUSE AS OBJECT OF PREPOSITION In fact, he wrote a book about what he had done over the years.
We are interested in what he does for a living.
NOUN CLAUSE AS PREDICATIVE NOMINATIVE The trouble was that they had never been there before.
The biggest disappointment of last season was that the women’s team didn’t make it to the final four.

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