Do you know what I want?
Do you know is a main clause and what I want is a noun clause, a subordinate clause.
The problem here,
What I want is the red book.
What I want is a subordinate clause, but which is main clause?
Thank you in advance.
"What I want is the red book" can be transformed to "The red book is what I want"
The main clause is the whole sentence, since "The red book is" can't stand alone. "What I want" is a noun clause, a subordinate clause within the main clause.
This applies to whichever of the two forms of the sentence you write.
First of all, I’d like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to you two. In addition, I’d like to tell you that your answers are not the point that I want.
Let me add more information here.
Such a group of words which forms part of a sentence, and contains a Subject and a Predicate, is called a Clause.
A complex sentence consists of one Main Clause and one or more Subordinate Clauses.
In each of the following Complex Sentences, the Noun Clause is the Subject of a verb:
1. That you should say so surprises me.
2. That it would rain seemed likely.
3. What he said was true.
4. When I shall return is uncertain.
5. How he could assist his friend was his chief concern.
6. Why he left is a mystery.
7. Whether we can start tomorrow seems uncertain.
From High School English Grammar And Composition by Wern and Martin
Actually, I want to know analysis of Complex Sentences, especially the above complex sentences.
I can analyze some sentences of the above ones.
4. (the time) When I shall return is uncertain. In this sentence, “when I shall return” is a subordinate clause and “(the time) is uncertain” is a main clause.
6.(the reason)Why he left is a mystery. In this sentence, “why he left “ is a subordinate clause, and “(the reason) is a mystery” is a main clause.
My analysis may be wrong. If wrong, please correct them. Then please analyze the others:1, 2,3, 5, 7.
If you all, native speakers, cannot analyze them, I’ll bear in mind that they are exceptions.
Hope your help.
May you be happy, healty and wealthy!
Last edited by whitemoon; 22-Jul-2008 at 05:56. Reason: correct error
Let me analyse them.
(1) What I want for dinner is a subordinate clause, and ....subject... is a hamburger is a main clause.
(2) The vacation is is a main clause, and what I need most is a subordinate clause.
My problem is: What is the subject of the main clause in sentence no. 1?
Hope your answer!
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Last edited by whitemoon; 22-Jul-2008 at 05:41. Reason: correct error
You might not accept this, since you don't want to transform the sentence. I have an idea. Why don't you tell us what you think is the main clause, and we can respond to your opinion.
A clause which can stand itself and makes a sense, I have known, is a main clause.
Hope your help!
I am looking forward to your help.
I have given two opinions:
"The red book is" or, the whole sentence, with the subordinate clause being part of the main (whole sentence) clause.
Perhaps someone else could give an opinion. David L. seems to be particular good with difficult grammar.