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1. I knew when he would come back.
(What is the part of speech of 'when' in the sentence? Is it an interrogative adverb or a relative pronoun?)
2. I knew the time when he would come back.
(In this sentence 'when' is a relative pronoun, right?)
3. I know ___? + When will he come back?
--> I know when he will come back.
(If the two expressions are combined and make the sentence, 'when' can be regarded as an interrogative adverb. Right?)
4. I know the time when he will come.
(In this sentence, 'when' will be omitted. Then 'when' can be regarded as a relative adverb, right? as in the sentence" I know when he will come.)
1. The word "when" is a subordinating conjunction. It introduces the subordinate clause ("when he would come back"). [The main clause is "I knew."]
2. Yes. It introduces the clause "when he would come back" which is serving as an adjective -- the whole clause modifies the word "time."
3. No -- see #1 above.
4. See #2 above. It's the same construction even though the words are slightly different.