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Hey people, I have some questions regarding adverbial clauses. I know when they function as advebrial clauses, but I have a problem when they are placed as subject. For instance, I found an example like this in this forum:

Where the competition was held is really far away.

Where the competition was held, I can't really tell.

There, the difference is striking. Those examples regarding the "transformation", if you will, of an adv clause of place into a noun clause. Can you please give me more examples like this one, but using different types of adverbial clauses, such as manner, concession or even condition, and their "transformation" into noun clauses?

Thanks!!
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The subject of your sentence is 'Where the competition was held', Anon. The word 'where' functions as a pronoun meaning 'the place in which'.

You could reword your sentence like this:

The place/location in which the competition was held is really far away.

The underlined part of the sentence above is the complete (complex) subject of the sentence, and the part in boldface type is the simple subject.
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AnonymousWhere the competition was held is really far away.
These sorts of constructions form an entire series of possibilities. They are all based on interrogative expressions (who?, what?, when?, etc.)

Person. Who he was calling did not interest me. (the person who)

Thing. What he did was astonishing. (the thing which)

Place. Where he went was near the post office. (the place where)

Time. When he was supposed to arrive was kept secret. (the time when)

Reason. Why he said it like that was puzzling. (the reason why)

Purpose. Why he stood on the stool was to reach the top shelf. (the purpose for which)

Manner. How he solved the problem was quite ingenious. (the way that; the manner in which)

Countable quantity.
How many he took was shocking. (the number that)

Uncountable quantity.
How much he paid was no surprise. (the amount that)

Whether (yes or no).
Whether he liked it was unknown. [no alternate]

CJ
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I think you are asking a rather vauge and undefined question as far as my view point goes. What you showed here doesn't seem to have any shape or form of an adverbial in my opinion. I am not sure what it is but it does have some resemblance of a relative clasue. Can you redefine your question?
thanks for answering! My teacher will be evaluating me on nominal functions. If I am not mistaken, those functions are the ones of the nouns, such as Subject, Direct Object, Subjective Complement and Objective complement.

The thing is that she will ask me "differences between noun clauses and adverbial clauses". The noun clauses can work in the categories I listed above. The adverbial clauses... how do they work? Are they subordinate clauses? Is there any chance that an adverbial clause can work in the same categories of a noun clause?

Hope my writing this will help you to understand my inquiries! thank you very much!!
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