Noun Clause, Adjective Clause and Adverb Clause
by Ali Nourmuhammadi
Could you please give further explanation regarding noun clauses, adjective clauses and adverb clauses with some examples. Also, how should I use them in the sentence?
Clause = a group of words with a subject and a verb. It can be a full sentence or just part of it.
For example, have a look at the following sentence:
"She likes movies because she wants to be an actress."
It contains two clauses.
"She likes movies" is the main clause.
"Because she wants to be an actress" is the subordinate clause. (Subordinate means lower in importance or rank.)
Clauses act as parts of speech – for example nouns or adjectives.
"Here is the girl who got the job."
"Here is the girl" is the main clause.
"who got the job" is the subordinate clause.
It is an adjective clause.
It serves as an adjective (it describes the girl).
"He hoped that nothing bad will happen."
"He hoped" is the main clause.
"that nothing bad will happen" is the subordinate clause.
It is a noun clause.
It serves as a noun (it describes what he hopes).
"We saw him as soon as we arrived."
"We saw him" is the main clause.
"as soon as we arrived" is the subordinate clause.
It is an adverb clause.
It serves as an adverb (it describes the verb).
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