A noun clause is a dependent clause that can be used in the same way as a noun or pronoun. It can be a subject, predicate nominative, direct object, appositive, indirect object, or object of the preposition. Some of the words that introduce noun clauses are that, whether, who, why, whom, what, how, when, whoever, where, and whomever. Notice that some of these words also introduce adjective and adverb clauses. (To check a noun clause substitute the pronoun it or the proper form of the pronouns he or she for the noun clause.) Examples: I know who said that. (I know it.) Whoever said it is wrong. (He is wrong.) Sometimes a noun clause is used without the introductory word. Example: I know that he is here. (I know he is here.)
Instructions: Find the noun clauses in the following sentences and tell how they are used. (Subject, predicate nominative, direct object, appositive, indirect object, or object of the preposition)
1. One should profit from what he sees and learns.
2. Her idea that I hire you was a very good one.
3. We wonder what your plans for the trip are.
4. My hope is that we may visit in Boston.
5. Why you did not hire me is hard to comprehend.
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1. what he sees and learns = object of the preposition
2. that I hire you = appositive
3. what your plans for the trip are = direct object
4. that we may visit in Boston = predicate nominative
5. Why you did not hire me = subject