A noun clause does the work of a noun (or a noun phrase). For a better understanding, more explanations are provided with examples.
- Noun clause as object of a verb
My wife said (that) she was pleased to welcome my Romanian friends. (The underlined noun clause refers to the verb “said” – the underlined clause is the object of the verb “said”).
Note: An noun clause that is the object of a verb can be a statement (as in above example) or ( … read the full article)
Relative clauses are divided into two categories: restrictive clauses and non-restrictive clauses.
Note: They are also called defining and non-defining clauses or identifying and non-identifying clauses.
Why are those 2 kinds of clauses important? The type of relative clause determines if a comma is required or not. ( … read the full article)
For most learners of English, relative clauses are easy to use in speaking and writing but, for some reason, they are not an easy topic for Vietnamese learners (actually, I know the reason, but that is another story). Not long ago I did a lesson with my students about relative clauses. It wasn’t a comfortable subject for them (neither for me) but, at the end of the lesson, we were all wiser. Happy end! Here you have a short review.
Relative clauses beginning with question words (who(m), which, where, why when, whose) are often used to modify nouns and some pronouns, to identify people and things or to give more information about them. [Clauses used like this are called relative clauses].
Do you know the people who live next door?
There’s a program tonight which you might like
He lives in a village where there are no shops.
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