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noun clauses
March 28, 2017

March 28, 2017

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In the last lesson, you learned all about nouns and the different jobs they can have. We're going to capitalize on that knowledge and focus today's lesson on noun clauses. Enjoy!

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Noun Clauses

In the last lesson, you learned that nouns can do many jobs in our sentences. All of the nouns that we looked at last time were single words.

Well, I have something crazy to tell you. Sometimes, groups of words function as nouns!

Noun clauses are groups of words that act as nouns. They always have a subject and a verb, and the whole clause does the job of one noun.

For each noun job below, you'll find an example sentence with a noun that is a word and a noun that is a dependent noun clause.

Nouns clauses can perform each of these five functions (and more) in sentences.

1. Subjects

Subjects tell whom or what the sentence is about.

Mrs. O'Brien taught grammar. (word)

Where we were going was a surprise. (clause)


2. Direct Objects

Direct objects receive the action of the verb. They come after transitive active verbs.

Mrs. O'Brien taught grammar. (word)

I know you love me. (clause)


3. Indirect Objects

Indirect objects receive the direct object.

Mrs. O'Brien taught the class grammar. (word)

I gave what my teacher said some thought. (clause)


4. Objects of Prepositions

Objects of prepositions are the nouns that follow a preposition.

The class found a dog at the park. (word)

You should be proud of what you did. (clause)


5. Predicate Nominatives

Predicate nouns rename the subject. They come after linking verbs.

Rex is a dog. (word)

The truth is you are my favorite teacher. (clause)

Learn more about noun clauses here.

If you want to test yourself on this information, use these exercises on noun clauses.

Are you a teacher? Feel free to use this as a lesson plan in your classroom!

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