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Making a complex sentence with a noun clause
A noun clause serves the purpose of a noun. That means it can be the subject or object of a verb. It can also be the object of a preposition.
A noun clause is a kind of subordinate clause. It is usually introduced by the conjunction that. It can also be introduced by other conjunctions like if, whether, who, where, when, what etc.
Study the following sentences.
This is a simple sentence because it has just one finite verb – knows.
It can be converted into a complex sentence by expanding the noun him to a noun clause.
Here the noun clause ‘who he is’ is the object of the verb know.
More examples are given below.
This simple sentence can be converted into a complex sentence by expanding the noun phrase ‘his place of residence’ into a noun clause.
Here the noun clause ‘where he lives’ is the object of the verb know.
Here the noun phrase ‘to win the first prize’ is the object of the verb hopes. By expanding it into a noun clause, we can change the sentence into a complex sentence.
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