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Making a complex sentence with a noun clause

Posted by Manjusha Filed in English Writing

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.

  • Do you know him?

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.

  • Do you know who he is?

Here the noun clause ‘who he is’ is the object of the verb know.

More examples are given below.

  • I do not know his place of residence.

This simple sentence can be converted into a complex sentence by expanding the noun phrase ‘his place of residence’ into a noun clause.

  • I don’t know where he resides. OR I don’t know where he lives.

Here the noun clause ‘where he lives’ is the object of the verb know.

  • She hopes to win the first prize.

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.

  • She hopes that she will win the first prize.
  • Nobody knows the truth. (Simple sentence)
  • Nobody knows what the truth is. (Complex sentence)
  • He seems to be crazy. (Simple sentence)
  • It seems that he is crazy. (Complex sentence)
  • Everybody knows about his involvement in the conspiracy. (Simple sentence)
  • The fact that he is involved in the conspiracy is known to everybody. (Complex sentence)
  • Listen to me. (Simple sentence)
  • Listen to what I say. (Complex sentence)
  • I do not know the time of his arrival. (Simple sentence)
  • I do not know when he will arrive. (Complex sentence)

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