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N oun Clauses versus Adjective and Adverbial Clauses (Continued)
 
Lesson 2-35
Prompt:To this point in our study, we have found that dependent clauses in complex sentences can be used as adjectives, adverbs, and nouns.
Example:Adjective clause: "This is a sentence that has an adjective clause." Adverbial clause: "When a clause begins a sentence, it is usually an adverbial clause." Noun clause: "What we learn is important in understanding the structure of the sentence."
Directions:Read each sentence below and do the following: 1) click to select the dependent clause in each sentence, and 2) click to select below each sentence whether the clause in the prior sentence is an adjective clause, an adverbial clause, or a noun clause.
1.That the railroads would scare away the buffalo was a big concern of the Sioux Indians.
2.(adjective clause) (adverbial clause) (noun clause)
3.The railroad brought professional hunters who killed the buffalo for food.
4.(adjective clause) (adverbial clause) (noun clause)
5.Buffalo meat was what these skilled marksmen could provide.
6.(adjective clause) (adverbial clause) (noun clause)
7.When the Eastern tanneries found that buffalo could be made into leather, other hunters decimated the herds.
8.(adjective clause) (adverbial clause) (noun clause)
9.There was wholesale killing of buffalo herds that reduced the herds to a few hundred buffalo.
10.(adjective clause) (adverbial clause) (noun clause)
11.Whoever participated in the slaughter of the buffalo participated also in the destruction of the plains Indians.
12.(adjective clause) (adverbial clause) (noun clause)
13.The plains Indian could no longer survive after the buffalo nearly vanished.
14.(adjective clause) (adverbial clause) (noun clause)
15.That the railroad passengers shot buffalo from the coaches for sport is hard to believe.
16.(adjective clause) (adverbial clause) (noun clause)
17.Their way of life, which the plains Indians had known for centuries, was coming to an end.
18.(adjective clause) (adverbial clause) (noun clause)
19.Because the forces of history and population were too compelling, white Europeans from the east overwhelmed the American continent.
20.(adjective clause) (adverbial clause) (noun clause)