Can rule be followed by a that-clause like possibility can?

Are both of the following sentences correct:

  1. There is a possibility that life exists on other planets.
  2. There is a rule that people take their shoes off before entering a place of worship.
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    Yes, with certain nouns. Specifically, with the class of noun called Picture Nouns, which are related to predicates that take complements, like possible (It's possible that it will rain today). When nouns are derived from such predicates, they may inherit the predicate's complement-taking ability. – John Lawler May 5 '15 at 14:22
  • @JohnLawler But what such predicate is rule related to? I can't think of any… – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jul 4 '15 at 14:57
  • The verb rule, as in The court rules that S – John Lawler Jul 4 '15 at 15:00

Yes, absolutely. That is a common construction. (See Ngrams)

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  • I'm wondering what the grammar term for this kind of that-clause is. – rogermue Feb 4 '15 at 11:34
  • It's called a noun phrase complement, or NP complement. They're just predicate complement clauses with a noun related to a complement-taking verb. Ross discusses them in his dissertation. – John Lawler Apr 30 '16 at 13:57

"It is said that...", "It is true that..."

Yes, a very common construction.

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  • Be true and be said are verb phrases; verb phrases frequently take that complements. Noun phrases, not so much. – John Lawler May 5 '15 at 14:18

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