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  • Chapter 11. Clause (Cont'd...)

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    11.2.1 Noun clause (cont'd...)

    2. Examples of the noun clauses which are the object to a verb.
    (a) I know that the boy is intelligent.
    (b) I know who has done it.
    (c) He cannot tell if his father is at home.
    (d) Tell me what you want and when you want.
    (e) I know where he lives.
    (f) Tell me why he has come here.
    (g) The police found out which of them was real culprit.
    (h) I cannot say how he has got it.

    3. Example of noun clauses which are objects to a preposition. Here you may note that the noun clauses begin just after the preposition.
    (a) Man’s future depends on what he does at present.
    (b) Now I am speaking of how he accepted the matter.
    (c) There is little truth in what he says.

    4. Examples of Noun clauses which are complement to a verb. Here you may note that, the verb ‘is’ is intransitive. Intransitive verbs generally are able to complete the sense. But here ‘is’ cannot complete the sense and take a clause to complete it. The clause is complement and it is acting as a noun clause.
    (a) This is what he has done.
    (b) This is what I could not do.
    (c) The question is whether he will come.

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