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Using Noun Clauses as Indirect Objects

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Using Noun Clauses as Indirect Objects

Clauses are grammatical structures that consist 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, an indirect object is word, phrase, or clause that indicates to or for whom or what the action of a ditransitive verb is performed. In addition to nouns and pronouns, noun clauses also perform the grammatical function of object complement. Examples of noun clauses as indirect objects include the following:

  • Her grandparents gave that she wants to go to the party some thought.
  • The group has given that most residents do not support their cause little consideration.
  • My parents gave that my brother wants his own car much thought.
  • I gave that you wanted me to prepare dinner a little consideration.
  • The judge will give what you said some deliberation during her decision.
  • You should have given what your parents said both thought and consideration.
  • My classmates gave me singing the school song at the ceremony an award.
  • The teacher gave all his students failing the test some serious reflection.

Noun Clause as Indirect Object

Noun Clause as Indirect 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

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