ELLLO Intermediate English Lesson #5-07

The Noun Clause

Watch these videos to learn how to use the noun clause.

Noun Clause

Point 1: A noun clause is a clause that acts like a noun and can act as the subject or object inside of another clause or phrase.
  1. My pet peeve is when people talk while eating.
  2. What you say can influence how people feel about you.
  3. I am not sure of where I am going.
  4. Who you associate with is very important.
Point 2: A noun clause is a clause that is started with a WH word or that followed by a clause with a subject and verb.
  1. My favorite time of year is when the leaves change colors.
  2. I don't know who you are talking about.
  3. My best memory happened when I was in college.
  4. The most important thing is that you are happy.
Point 3: Noun clauses are often used in complement sentences.
  1. What you are saying is not actually true.
  2. This is how we do things around here.
  3. You are who you are. You cannot change that.
  4. The most important part of learning is how you find the answers.
Point 4: Noun clauses are also often used as the objects of a clause.
  • I bought the food.
  • I bought what you told me to get.
  • I don't know that person.
  • I don't know who you are talking about.
  • He told me the meeting time.
  • He told me when the meeting starts.
Point 5: We have a lot of common phrases with noun clauses to express a state of being that is hard to explain.
  • It is what it is.
  • It will happen when it happens.
  • You do what you do.
  • He is who he is.
  • The heart knows what it wants.
  • You can't change who you are.
  • It is not what you know, but who you know.

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