“That” Olmaksızın Noun Clause Cümle Kuruluşu
Omitting ‘ that ‘ in noun clauses
That can be omitted from noun clauses except when that goes at the beginning of the sentences or after most abstract nouns :
I am sure that he is guilty.
I am sure he is guilty.
The news that the President had been assassinated shocked the nation.
NOTE : News is an abstract noun , so that cannot be omitted.
Omitting ‘ that ‘ in noun clauses
Exercise 1. Rewrite the following sentences , omitting the word that where possible.
1 ) That he will go far away in life is easy for all to see.
2 ) It is obvious that Galatasaray will win.
3 ) They said that it’s easy if you try.
4 ) She said that she would come today.
5 ) That Turkey is a great nation , there is no doubt.
6 ) He was encouraged that so many people clapped.
7 ) I am sorry that I cant help you.
8 ) The report that global warming was a threat went unheeded.
9 ) The belief that the world will end in the year 2000 is stil widespread.
10 ) It would seem that we are rather late.
Dummy Subject ‘ it ‘
Many sentences with noun clauses begin with ‘ it ‘ ( a kind of ‘ dummy ‘ subject ). Here the usual construction is It + be / seem + adjective + that – clause :
It is nice that the weather wasnt wet.
This could , grammatically speaking , have been expressed as ‘ That the weather wasnt wet was nice ‘ but this would be ridiculously formal. The ‘ It ‘ construction is more normal :
That he should have done this is unbelievable. ( emphatic / formal )
The above sentences emphasise disbelief at whatever it is that has happened , the sentences below are less formal :
It is unbelievable that he should have done this. ( less formal )
It was not obvius that he was a spy. ( less formal )
= That he was a spy was not obvious. ( emphatic / formal )
Exercise 2. Rewrite the following sentences , using that as in the example.
1 ) That Pavorotti has cancelled his concert is dissappointing.
It is dissappointing that Pavorotti has cancelled his concert.
2 ) That there are no lights on in the house is suspicious.
3 ) That he will be elected is a foregone conclusion.
4 ) That she died of natural causes must be questioned.
5 ) That a new power station was to be built was announced by thr government.
6 ) That the man killed before was ignored by the psychiatrist.
7 ) That most people dislike rudeness is understandable.
8 ) That he spoke so carefully was very revealing.
9 ) That a leader should have leadership qualities is often disregarded in modern politics.
10 ) That children can no longer play safely in the streets is scandalous.
Quesiton – word noun clauses
Making Holiday Plans
First you must decide when you would like to take your holiday .. Only then can you decide where you would like to go. What you would like to do on your holiday is also an important consideration. For example , it is no good planning a skiing holiday in Bursa in July. Why people dont plan properly is difficult to understand. Also you must think about how you would like to travel , what kind of accommodation you would like tos tay in , and whether you would like to be with a group or on your own. Who you choose as your holiday companions are crucial to your enjoyment. But how much money you can spend on you holiday is probaly the most important consideration of all.
As seen in the passage above , noun clauses beginning with a question word ( what , where , when , how , why , who ) or the conjunction whether can be used in an object or subject position just like o noun.
Exercise 3. Answer the following questions from the passage.
1 ) What is the first consideration in planning a holiday ?
2 ) What is another important consideration ?
3 ) What is it no good planning a skiing holiday in Bursa in July ?
4 ) What is the most important consideration ofall when planning a holiday ?