What Are Nominal Relative Clauses?
Nominal relative clauses are dependent clauses that function as a noun within a sentence, typically serving as either the objects, subjects, or complements of the independent clause. These clauses are introduced by a nominal relative pronoun or a relative determiner, and they modify or describe the noun or noun phrase in the independent clause.
What Are Nominal Relative Clauses Used for?
'When you saw me' acts as a subject for 'doesn't matter.'
'What you want' is the complement of 'it is.'
'Whatever you say' is the object of 'do.'
Where Are Relative Clauses Placed?
Nominal relative clauses are introduced by a nominal relative pronoun, which always follows the independent clause.
I don't know
'Why' is a nominal relative pronoun introducing 'why you called me' as a nominal relative clause and the object of the verb 'know.'
Nominal Relative Clauses vs. Adjectival Relative Clauses
I know the man
'Whose' here is a relative pronoun, introducing an adjective relative clause.
'Whose' is a possessive relative determiner introducing a nominal relative clause.
Nominal relative clauses can be followed by a noun or it can also be followed by a to-infinitive. Nominal relative clauses are used as:
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