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Dear Ms

I am writing to acquire some assistance from you. I am a teacher of English in Cambodia. I have some difficulties with telling the difference between noun clauses and relative clauses when I have met some sentences using of apposition to some words in sentences. These sentences are as follows:
1. The news that he won surprised us all. (Noun clause?)
2. The news which we received last month was unbelievable.
3. It is a fact that the earth is round.
4. The fact that the earth is round is weel-known.

I am looking forward to your detail expanation.

Your sincerely,
Sothy Sin
Cambodia
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Comments  (Page 3) 
Hi there, I'm not good at writting, but I know English grammar, and I dare tell you that in the sentence The news that he won surprised us all. that he won is functioning as an adjective clause, since it is describing the noun "the news". it's giving extra information about it. it is also possible to say: The news surprised us all. if you want to ad extrainformation about the noun you have to use an adjective clause.
the same occurs here:
he fact that the earth is round is well known
The news which we received last month was unbelievable.
Anonymousin the sentence The news that he won surprised us all. that he won is functioning as an adjective clause, since it is describing the noun "the news".
Can you win the news? I've heard of winning prizes and winning money, but I've never heard of winning news. Emotion: smile

CJ
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