Posted by Nora on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 5:30pm.
Which words in each sentence do you think is the NC?
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).
b. incorrect (Noun clause is correct, but its use in the sentence is not.)
c. incorrect (I see no NC in that sentence.)
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?
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
Ohhhh... I thought in essence any sentence then would have a clause. Thank you, that was enlightening.
You're very welcome!
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