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Chapter 12. Clauses: Kickin' It Up a Notch > Connect the Dots - Pg. 121

Clauses: Kickin' It Up a Notch 121 Two sentences:"Rock Around the Clock" was released by Bill Haley and the Comets in 1955. "Rock Around the Clock" is often called the first big rock-and-roll hit. One sentence: "Rock Around the Clock," which is often called the first big rock-and-roll hit, was released by Bill Haley and the Comets in 1955. There's more on creating an effective writing style with clauses in Part 5. Noun Clauses: What's in a Name? Not to be left out of the fun, nouns also have their own clause. Just as you would expect, a noun clause is a dependent clause that functions as a noun. Because it functions as a noun, this clause can be a subject, direct object, indirect object, object of a preposition, predicate nominative, or appositive. For instance: · No one understands why experience is something you don't get until just after you need it. The noun clause "why experience is something you don't get until just after you need it" functions as a direct object. · Where the candy bar is hidden remains a mystery. The noun clause "where the candy bar is hidden" functions as the subject of the sentence. · The instructor gave whoever got their papers in early extra credit. The noun clause "whoever got their papers in early" functions as an indirect object. You Could Look It Up A noun clause is a dependent clause that functions as a noun. Connect the Dots Clauses can also be used to express comparisons. When such clauses imply some of the words rather than state them outright, you have created an elliptical clause . The name "elliptical" comes from the word ellipsis, which means "omission." For example: · The other members of the demonstration were as angry as I. Insert the missing word was after "I." · The social climber feared the judgment of the decorator more than the cost of the project. Insert the missing subject and verb "he (or she) feared" after the word than. You Could Look It Up Elliptical clauses intentionally omit words for conciseness.