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Hi,There is a grammar point I don’t really understand. It is called noun clauses after be. For example an advantage of living in a big city is (that) stores are usually open. Ex 2. The best thing about being the oldest sibling is (that) you get to boss everyone around. I am supposed to teach noun clauses after be and teach them that ‘that’ is optional. Example problem with being the only girl in the family is (that) family members expect you to clean up after everybody. The sentences are easy enough to make but I don’t really get the grammar point or how I could clearly explain it to the students. Could someone give me direction
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I'm not sure that I can make it much easier for you, but--

Be (the copula) and other linking verbs have the SVC structure, where C is a noun or an adjective:

He is a man.
He is handsome.

Nouns can be single-word nouns, noun phrases or noun clauses, and they all work into an SVC sentence in the same way:

They are dogs. (N)
They are big black dogs with sharp teeth.
(N phrase)
They are what you don't want to meet alone on a dark night
. (N clause)
The problem with meeting them is that you might be their dinner. (ditto)

Does that help any?
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frutadomar Hi,There is a grammar point I don’t really understand. It is called noun clauses after be. For example an advantage of living in a big city is (that) stores are usually open. Ex 2. The best thing about being the oldest sibling is (that) you get to boss everyone around. I am supposed to teach noun clauses after be and teach them that ‘that’ is optional. Example problem with being the only girl in the family is (that) family members expect you to clean up after everybody. The sentences are easy enough to make but I don’t really get the grammar point or how I could clearly explain it to the students. Could someone give me direction
frutadomarThere is a grammar point I don’t really understand. It is called noun clauses after be.
Noun clauses which follow the linking verb "be' function as complements. Complements in the copula (be) structure can be adjectives or nouns. Some complements may have such forms as noun phrases or noun clauses; this is to say that they function in be-sentences as complements the way the single nouns do. Some name noun clauses as that-clauses, i.e. those beginning with that or where that could be omitted though understood as being a part of the noun clause.