Weblinks: Noun Clauses


Where is the library?  [this is a question]
I don’t remember where the library is.  [this is a statement of fact that can be used as the answer to the question.]

I don’t know how much salt to use.  [this is a statement of fact; however, when said to your mother while you are cooking does act as a request for information even though it is not in question form.

Question word order:   WH – Helping Verb – Subject – Main Verb      Where do you live?
Embedded question order:   WH – Subject – Verbs                I don’t care  where you live.

Question word order with BE:  WH – BE verb – Subject      Where is the office?
Embedded question order with BE:   WH-Subject-BE     I don’t know where the office is.

[Review basic question word order if needed]

Youtube Video Lesson 1(begins with Spanish/English, but the rest is just English)
Youtube Video Lesson 2 

Explanation of word order and embedded questions

Explanation and practice


Word order (when it’s an embedded question, do not use question word order.  Use normal SVO word order) http://www.grammar-quizzes.com/nounclausequiz.html   (Note: on one question, you need to know that the verbs insist, demand, suggest and recommend are followed by that-object-base form:  I recommend that he study harder.  She insisted that we be there on time.)

Change question into embedded question (create noun clause)  http://english-zone.com/grammar/noun-clz1.html

More practice with Embedded questions:


Other Noun Clauses


There are never commas before or after noun clauses.

You can’t put a comma between the subject and verb or between the verb and object or between the preposition and its noun, right?

John, likes, pizza, with, onions   NO!! No commas here.
S                       DO                    OP

Why he was there confused whoever saw him under what had fallen down.     NO COMMAS here either!                       S                                                        DO                                                OP

What she said wasn’t what she meant to say about what they needed to do.
S                                                       DO                                                OP

 A noun is the subject – object – object of a preposition – noun complement after adjective

A noun CLAUSE is a group of words that include a subject and verb (a clause) that acts as the subject, object, object of the preposition or noun complement (a noun).  A clause that acts as a noun is a NOUN CLAUSE.


Reported WH questions: Explanation of word order and pronoun changes in reported speech
eported Yes/No questions:Using “if”/”Whether” for Yes/No questions in reported speech

  1.  Step backs in reported speech
    Practice with noun clauses in reported speech.  Use SVO word order, not inverted question order.  Use step backs as necessary (times take one step back after “he said,” which is past and pushes everything else back one)

Explanation of the step-backs in reported speech

  1.  Identifying types of clauseshttp://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quizzes/indep_clause_quiz.htm