Wednesday, October 24

2 Kinds of Clauses: Noun and Adjective







Because Christmas is just around the corner, today’s topic is Santa Claus.


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Sorry, this is a lousy joke. Actually, our topic today has no connection whatsoever with Santa or Christmas. Probably, sometime before Christmas I would really write something about dear old Santa.



But for today, we’re gonna talk about a completely different person: Santa Clause (with the letter “e” at the end of his name):




Santa Claus ==> Father Christmas


Santa Clause ==> Father of Clauses in English grammar




Here he is. Santa Clause is a pirated version of the real Santa...



This is Santa CLAUSE.





A Clause is a group of words that has two basic parts: a Subject and a Verb. It might have other words inside but it needs to have at least a Subject and a Verb.




(Note: A group of words that doesn’t have a Subject and a Verb is called a “Phrase.”)




Sometimes, a Clause can become a whole sentence by itself. But sometimes, it can’t stand alone.



Here are some examples of Clauses that can’t stand alone:



that I like


when they go to the mall


what you want


that she is angry


which they have




There are many kinds of Clauses. But today, we’re gonna concentrate on studying only two kinds: (1) the Noun Clause and (2) the Adjective Clause.




FIRST, take a look at each of the sentences below and try to find the Clause inside them:



Try to find the Clause in each of the sentences before you check the answers.




  1. I know that he is married.

     
  2. I can't understand what they want.

     
  3. I bought the bag that she likes.

     
  4. That fruits are healthy is a well-known fact.

     
  5. I met the family who lives next door.
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Finally, here are our answers:



  1. I know that he is married.

     
  2. I can't understand what they want.

     
  3. I bought the bag that she likes.

     
  4. That fruits are healthy is a well-known fact.

     
  5. I met the family who lives next door.




NEXT, please go back to the sentences above and try to guess whether each Clause is: (a.) a Noun Clause, or (b.) an Adjective Clause.




(This exercise might be hard for some learners. But it's important that you study the sentences carefully before you look at the answers.)




After you’ve identified what kind of Clause each of them is, go ahead and check your answers:













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