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    That-clause is an adverb clause or a complement?


    We, ……, write to inform you
    that certain changes to the Scheme…….


    I’d like to ask that-clause is an adverb clause of the verb or complement of the object in the sentence? Or is this other part of speech?



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    Re: That-clause is an adverb clause or a complement?

    Could we have a complete sentence, please?

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    Re: That-clause is an adverb clause or a complement?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Could we have a complete sentence, please?
    Sure! It is a very long sentence!

    We, XX Trustee Company Limited, the trustee of the Scheme (The "Trustee or "we"), write to inform you that certain changes to the Scheme in response to the regulatory changes relating to: (a) payment of benefits on...., and (b) payment of benefits by..., from mandatory provident fund schemes, as introduced by the....Ordinance 2015 (the "Amendment Ordinance").
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    Re: That-clause is an adverb clause or a complement?

    I cannot see a main verb in the that-clause.
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    Re: That-clause is an adverb clause or a complement?

    It is not a complete sentence. As Matthew said there is no main verb.

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    Re: That-clause is an adverb clause or a complement?

    Let's consider a simpler sentence:

    'We write to inform you that certain changes have been made to the scheme'.

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    Re: That-clause is an adverb clause or a complement?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    It is not a complete sentence. As Matthew said there is no main verb.

    Oh! The sentence is written in a formal letter of an international financial company.
    It is difficult for a learner like me to distinguish which is a correct English sentence.
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    Re: That-clause is an adverb clause or a complement?

    To make this a sentence, change that to of: "...write to inform you that ​of certain changes to the Scheme...."
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    Re: That-clause is an adverb clause or a complement?

    Quote Originally Posted by dawnngcm View Post




    I’d like to ask that-clause is an adverb clause of the verb or complement of the object in the sentence?



    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Great question.

    I have made up this sentence: "We write to inform you that Harvard University has accepted your application."

    If I understand my books correctly:

    "you" is an indirect object.
    "that Oxford University has accepted your application" is a noun clause serving as the direct object of the infinitive "to inform."

    *****

    I have found this sentence in a book that is greatly respected:

    "May I inform you that your order is ready for collection?"

    Here is a very important statement: "With some verbs, ... it is impossible to delete the [indirect object]."

    Only my comment: It is NOT acceptable to say "May I inform that your order is ready for collection?"

    But the book says this sentence is fine without "me": "The professor showed (me) that Pythagoras was right."

    -- Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech, and Svartvik, A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language (1985 edition), page 1212.

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