A noun clause has a subject and a verb, but it does not express a complete thought; it is subordinate or dependent. It acts as a noun in the sentence.
Common Introductory Words
Uses for Noun Clauses
Subject: That Laurel was playing today was a complete surprise.
Direct Object: I don't know what Rhiana bought her mom.
Indirect Object: Mel gives whomever is on her team matching bows.
Object of a Preposition: Ms. Ray will donate to whatever we ask.
Predicate Nominative: The broken clock is why Joe was late.
Punctuating with noun clauses
Commas are used with noun clauses in the same way they would be used with nouns.
When it is the object of an introductory preposition:
For whatever you choose, you need a peer editor.
When it is part of a series:
Whatever you wear, whether you are rich, and what you know don't matter as much as who you are.
Use your Elements of Language textbook: Refer to pages 176-177 for more on noun clauses.
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