Just as adverb and adjective clauses contain a subject and a verb, noun clauses are also a group of words that contain a subject and a verb. The entire clause acts as a noun, which could take the place of a subject, direct object, predicate adjective, object of the preposition, or indirect object. Noun clauses can begin in a variety of ways, but we will look at question words, or wh- words, today: who, whom, whose, what, when, where, why, which, and how.
- Whoever wants to come hiking should meet at the school at 1 p.m.
- Do you know what a waterfall is?
- Spencer told the students where to drive to find the trail.
- Sometimes we didn't know which way to go.
- The students didn't realize how beautiful the waterfall was.