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    Question which kind of clause is it in this sentence?

    which kind of clause is it in below sentence?
    I'm afraid you can't see Mr Brown at the moment.

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    #2

    Re: which kind of clause is it in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by xversion1 View Post
    Independence clause
    There is no such thing.

    Which clause are you referring to, jrgwstgm? There are two in your sentence.

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    Re: which kind of clause is it in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by jrgwstgm View Post
    which kind of clause is it in below sentence?
    I'm afraid you can't see Mr Brown at the moment.
    I presume you are referring to the subordinate clause (you...moment), which is adverbial, specifying the reason why you are afraid.

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    Re: which kind of clause is it in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by jrgwstgm View Post
    which kind of clause is it in below sentence?
    I'm afraid you can't see Mr Brown at the moment.
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    (1) I am afraid + that you cannot see Mr. Brown at the moment.

    (2) "That you cannot see Mr. Brown at the moment" is either a noun clause or an

    adverbial clause -- depending on which book you choose to believe.

    (a) One book says that it is a noun clause that modifies the adjective "afraid."

    According to this theory, it might be a short way of saying something like this:

    I am afraid of this fact (that you cannot see Mr. Brown at the moment).

    As you can see, it is a noun clause in apposition with the word "fact."

    (b) Another book says that it is simpler to call "that you cannot see Mr. Brown at

    the moment" an adverbial clause since adverbial clauses modify adjectives such as

    "afraid."

    (3) I do not know which idea is taught by most teachers, but I would guess that it

    is easier to simply call it an adverbial clause. (I personally, however, feel more

    comfortable in calling it a noun clause.)

    (a) I have checked 5 books, and 3 of them classify it as an adverbial clause.

    (i) You may know that there is a big grammar book written by Professor Quirk and

    his colleagues. Many teachers use that book as their guide. That book classifies it

    as a noun (substantive) clause, too.

    (ii) The best thing to do is to ask your teacher as to which idea s/he accepts.

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    Re: which kind of clause is it in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by xversion1 View Post
    That's an independent clause, not an independence clause.

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    Re: which kind of clause is it in this sentence?

    xversion1, please state that you are not a teacher, in accordance with the Notices at the top of the page.

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    Re: which kind of clause is it in this sentence?

    I have deleted the posts as xversion1 was giving out a few curious grammar rules that I have never seen, like the one that says President Obama uses could not can because he is president.

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    #8

    Re: which kind of clause is it in this sentence?

    i need you teacher

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