Posted by Nora on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 5:30pm.
1. Identify the NC in each of the following sentences. Tell whether it is a Subject Noun Clause, an Object Noun Clause or an extraposed subject Noun Clause.
a.For Karen to quit now would be foolish. [subject noun clause]
b.Betty knew that I was busy. [subject noun clause]
c.My brother likes his friends to entertain him. [object noun clause]
d.We regret that we can’t see you more often.[object noun clause]
e.It is fitting that she receive the award. [extraposed noun clause]
Are these correct?
- Grammar - Writeacher, Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 5:32pm
Which words in each sentence do you think is the NC?
- Grammar - Nora, Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 5:34pm
a. For Karen to quit now
b. that I was busy
c. My brother likes his friends
d. that we can't see you more often
e. that she receive the award
I think those are it. I'm uncertain about (a) and (c).
- Grammar - Writeacher, Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 5:37pm
b. incorrect (Noun clause is correct, but its use in the sentence is not.)
c. incorrect (I see no NC in that sentence.)
- Grammar - Nora, Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 5:41pm
So I'm supposing then that in (b) the whole sentence is the subject noun clause.
In (c) then...the clause is not a noun clause because it doesn't perform the function of one?
- Grammar - Writeacher, Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 5:48pm
NC = that I was busy
But it's not serving as the subject. Think about what the other words are doing and then this NC's job should be obvious.
A noun clause (or any kind of clause) must have its own subject and verb. Sentence (c) doesn't have that. It has --
My = possessive pronoun
brother = noun, subject
likes = main verb
his = possessive pronoun
friends = noun, direct object
to entertain = infinitive verb form
him = pronoun, direct object of the infinitive
- Grammar - Nora, Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 6:03pm
Ohhhh... I thought in essence any sentence then would have a clause. Thank you, that was enlightening.
- Grammar - Writeacher, Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 6:19pm
You're very welcome!
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