Noun Clauses What are the most common functions of a noun in a sentence? Jim studies business in Boston.Subject Direct Object Object of a Preposition Jack decided to give his sister a new car.Subject Indirect Object Direct Object Julia is a great teacher.Subject Subject Complement The same happens to noun clauses. I don’t know whether he is honest. Direct Object What he said is that eveyone should have done it. Subject Subject Complement He will give whoever arrives first a book about what happened. Indirect Object Object of a Preposition
Noun Clauses How do we start noun clauses? I don’t know whether he is honest. Alternative Words What he said is that eveyone should have done it.Question Words “that” He will give whoever arrives first a book about what happened. Question Words Question Words Which one can be omitted? “that” What he said is that everyone should have done it.
Noun Clauses – Indirect SpeechReport the sentences below.Jack says, “You write pretty well.”Jack says that I write pretty well..Jack said, “You write pretty well.”Jack said that I wrote pretty well.What can we conclude?If the reporting verb (the main verb of the sentence) is in thesimple past, the verb in the noun clause will usually bebackshifted.
Noun Clauses – Indirect SpeechReport the sentences below.Jack said, “I watch TV everyday.”Jack said that he watched TV everyday.Jack said, “I can watch TV with you later.”Jack said that he could watch TV with me later.Jack said, “I shouldn’t watch TV this evening.”Jack said that he shouldn’t watch TV that evening.What can we conclude?“Should” doesn’t change.Are there any other verbs that do not change?“Ought to” and “might.”
Noun Clauses – WishComplete the sentences below with the correct form of theverb in parentheses.1. Our classroom doesn’t have any windows. I wish our classroom _______________ windows. had2. I didn’t go shopping. had gone I wish I ______________ shopping.3. She will not tell me. would tell I wsh she _______________ me.What can we conclude?The simple past is used to make a wish about the present.The past perfect is used to make a wish about the past.“Would” is used to make a wish about the future.
Noun Clauses – Verbs of UrgencyRewrite the first sentence in each pair below, substituting“this” for the second sentence.1. Frank demanded this. Marta must hand in her assignment on time.Frank demanded that Marta hand in her assignment on time.2. Frank requests this. John should study at home.Frank requests that John study at home.3. Frank will propose this. Mariana cannot visit him on weekdays.Frank will propose that Mariana not visit him on weekdays.What can we conclude?The present subjunctive (=simple form) of the verb is alwaysused in noun clauses after verbs of urgency.
Noun Clauses – Adjectives of UrgencyComplete the sentence below with the information given.1. Jack must call his boss. that Jack call his boss. It is urgent _______________________________________2. Beth should start planning her trip. that Beth plan her trip. It’s important _____________________________________3. Junior must not touch his boss’s computer. It’s imperative _____________________________________ that Junior not touch his boss’s computer.What can we conclude?The present subjunctive (=simple form) of the verb is alwaysused in noun clauses after adjectives of urgency.