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    nominal clause as subject

    'Something is important.'

    'Every driver abides by traffic rules.'

    What will the result be if you combine the two sentences above into one sentence?


    1. Every driver abides by traffic rules is important.

    2. That every driver abides by traffic rules is important.

    Pick all the possible choice(s). Please explain.

    Any better suggestions?


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    Re: nominal clause as subject

    1. Every driver abides by traffic rules is important.

    2. That every driver abides by the traffic rules is important.

    3. It is important that every driver abide(s) by the traffic rules.

    There are two verbs, is and abide, so that is added.

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    Re: nominal clause as subject

    Hi, Soup.

    a. 'Places give food.'

    b. 'Something saves poor people's lives.'

    Combine a&b,


    1. That places give food save poor people's lives.

    2. That places give food saves poor people's lives.

    3. Places give food save poor people's lives.

    4. Places give food saves poor people's lives.

    By the same token, the only possible answer will be #2. Correct?

    Thanks for the reply.

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    Re: nominal clause as subject

    Try,
    Ex: Places that give food save poor people's lives.

    Subject "places" (plural)
    Verb "save" (plural)

    2. [The fact] That places give food saves poor people's lives.

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    Re: nominal clause as subject

    Hi, Soup.

    I. That places give food saves poor people's lives.

    II. The fact that places give food saves poor people's lives.


    1. Are both I&II acceptable to you, native speakers?

    2. Which one sounds more natural?

    Thanks for the help.
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    Re: nominal clause as subject

    Quote Originally Posted by Nefertiti View Post
    Hi, Soup.

    I. That places give food saves poor people's lives.

    II. The fact that places give food saves poor people's lives.
    They are identical in meaning. Ellipsis.

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    Re: nominal clause as subject

    Hi, Soup.

    I. That places give food saves poor people's lives.
    Subject = 'that places give food' = nominal clause; verb = saves

    II. The fact that places give food saves poor people's lives.

    What is the subject of II? 'The fact' or 'that places give food' (i.e. the nominal clause)?

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    Re: nominal clause as subject

    The subject is underlined.


    II. The fact that places give food saves poor people's lives.

    In other words, this fact, that places give food, is what saves poor people's lives.

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