0

"Homework is what I hate to do." "Homework is what makes me sad."

In the first sentence, "what I hate the most" is clearly a noun clause. It functions as a subject complement. And it begins with a subordinating conjunction (what), has a subject (I), and a predicate (hate).

In the second sentence, is "what makes me sad" a noun clause? Is it a clause at all?

It starts with a subordinating conjunction (what) and has a predicate (makes me sad), but what is the subject? Does what function as both a subordinating conjunction and subject?

Please help! lol

  • Could you edit your question for consistency? You refer to 'what I hate most' but that doesn't appear in your examples. Thanks. – chasly from UK Oct 11 '15 at 12:25
2

"What" in your examples is usually considered a relative pronoun (not a subordinating conjunction). And if you classify it that way, it solves your problem. In your example, "what makes me sad" is indeed a clause, with a subject, just as one would expect -- the subject is "what".

Ordinary relative clauses modify some noun, but here, there is no noun to modify, so this type of relative clause is called "headless".

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.