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Using Noun Clauses as Direct Objects

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Using Noun Clauses as Direct Objects

A clause is a grammatical structure that consists of a subject and a predicate. Dependent or subordinate clauses are clauses that cannot function independently as complete sentences but that must appear with another independent or main clause. Noun clauses are a type of dependent clause that perform nominal functions.

In grammar, a direct object is a word, phrase, or clause that follows and receives the action of a transitive verb. In addition to nouns and pronouns, noun clauses also perform the grammatical function of direct object. Examples of noun clauses as direct object include the following:

  • I can respect what the teacher said.
  • The child admitted that he stole the cookie.
  • Dad cannot remember what Mom wants for Christmas.
  • My coworker hates whoever keeps leaving the photocopier on.
  • Did you notice who broke the window?
  • The boss did not mention whether you were attending the party.

Noun Clause as Direct Object

Noun Clause as Direct Object Grammar Tree

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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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Written by Heather Johnson

Heather is a writer, librarian, linguist, wife, and mother who loves her husband, children, dogs, and cat. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in creative writing and master's degrees in library and information science and English studies with a concentration in linguistics.

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