A kind of finite subordinate clause that functions as the object of certain verbs (e.g. believe, hope) adjectives (e.g. clear, evident) or nouns (fact, shame). As they are finite, they always have a subject and verb and sometimes an object. They are often introduced with 'that'. The noun clauses are highlighted in the sentences below:
- I have no doubt that the unemployment rate will continue to rise.
- It is certain that there will be more people studying online courses in the coming years.
- I believe anyone can achieve high marks at school if they work hard.
- It is a shame that many young people find it difficult to get a job these days.