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Using Noun Clauses as Appositives

Using Noun Clauses as Appositives

In grammar, 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 appositive is a word, phrase, or clause that supports another word, phrase, or clause by describing or modifying the other word, phrase, or clause. Although nouns and noun phrases most often perform the function, noun clauses also perform the grammatical function of appositive. Examples of noun clauses as appositives include the following:

  • The problem, that you did not pick up the packages, delays the entire production schedule.
  • I think the solution, that he hired a replacement, was the best course of action at the time.
  • The answer from the company, that we buy a new table, angers me.
  • My decision, for you to leave the day after us, stands.
  • His choice, for her to bring the kids the week after, seems logical.
  • Your idea, for Olive to make more pickles, appears ill-conceived.

Noun Clause as Appositive

Noun Clause as Appositive Grammar Tree

References

Brinton, Laurel J. & Donna M. Brinton. 2010. The linguistic structure of Modern English, 2nd edn. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
Hopper, Paul J. 1999. A short course in grammar. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.
Huddleston, Rodney. 1984. Introduction to the grammar of English. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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