1. A noun clause is a part of a sentence that acts like a noun.
Look at this sentence: “I know that he is angry“. Often noun clauses begin with ‘that‘ or ‘what, who, why, when and how‘. The example sentence could be re-written as ‘I know it.’
2. There is an example of a noun clause in this extract from Sweet tooth (Ch4). Can you find it?
Puzzled, Wendy turned and met the woman’s stare. ‘A raven!’ thought Wendy. ‘That’s what she looks like – a raven.’
(The correct answer is ‘….what she looks like’)
3. Here are some more sentences. Can you find the noun clauses in them?
a. I can’t remember where I left my phone.
b. I know who knows the answer.
c. I understand what you are saying but I don’t agree.
d. I forgot when we planned to meet.
e. I don’t know why you don’t like Manchester United.
f. We discussed who the best person for the job was.
g. What you said was correct.
h. I don’t understand how you got that answer.
4. Try to make some noun clauses of your own by completing these stems
a. I know what…
b. I don’t know where…
c. I can’t remember when…
d. I understand that…