English Grammar Lesson – Noun Clauses With Question Words

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Today, I would like to chat with you about noun clauses. (Last week we looked at adjective clauses, by the way.)  In English grammar, noun clauses begin with a question word and contain a subject and a verb. You can use the question words who, what, when, where, why, and how to form a noun clause. The grammar is question word + subject + verb. Noun clauses can be used as the subject of an English sentence.

  • Who she kissed is not important. Who she kissed is a noun clause.
  • What I ate made me ill.
  • When I go doesn’t matter, as long as I have the chance to go.
  • Where we live depends on the cost.
  • Why he’s late is because the trains were delayed.
  • How we get there is key to enjoying the trip.

Noun clauses can also be used as the object of an English sentence.

  • It is not important who she kissed. The fact that she kissed another guy bothers me.
  • The thing that made me ill was what I ate.
  • As long as I have the chance to go there, it doesn’t matter when I go.
  • The price of the ring depends on where you buy it.
  • Nobody knows why he is late.
  • What an amazing magician! I don’t know how he did that!

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