A clause is a grammatical structure that consists of a subject and a predicate. A dependent or subordinate clause is a clause that cannot function independently as a complete sentence but that must appear with another independent or main clause. A noun clause is a type of dependent clause that performs a nominal function.
In grammar, an adjective phrase complement is a word, phrase, or clause that completes the meaning of an adjective or adjective phrase. In addition to prepositional phrases and verb phrases, noun clauses also perform the grammatical function of adjective phrase complement. Examples of noun clauses as adjective phrase complements include the following:
- We are all afraid that the storm will be severe.
- She was bitter that he ex moved on so quickly.
- Our professor is angry that another student snuck in late.
- I am happy they finally got married.
- Grandma is worried you might get stuck in the blizzard.
- He seems horrified she wore stripes with plaid.
- My daughter is eager for Christmas to arrive.
- The child is excited for the Easter bunny to visit.
Noun Clause as Adjective Phrase Complement
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