Is the part in bracket

He is not sure (where to start a new business)

A noun clause or noun phrase

  • It is a subordinate interrogative functioning as complement of the adjective "sure". – user178049 Apr 22 '19 at 11:13

The answer is noun phrase because it cannot be a clause since it does not have a finite verb. A ohra is a group of words that does not make sense and does not tell either it is past, present or future. So in order for it to be a clause, a finite verb should be present. So it is a noun phrase

  • Isn't to start a verb? – Talha Israr Apr 22 '19 at 14:47
  • "Start" is a verb, but it's non-finite @Talha. But Haleema, a clause can be finite or non-finite. In this case, the infinival clause is a non-finite clause. "Where to start a new business" is just an infinitival interrogative clause. It's no different from "where I should start a new business". – user178049 Apr 22 '19 at 17:59
  • @user178049 in that case it should be a noun clause i guess – Talha Israr Apr 23 '19 at 4:52
  • @Talha Nope. A noun clause is a confusing term. Huddleston & Pullum (2002) analyze this as a subordinate interrogative clause. – user178049 Apr 23 '19 at 9:53
  • @user178049 thanks for the explaination. Suppose if you have to choose between noun clause/phrase or adverb clause/phrase which one would be most suitable – Talha Israr Apr 23 '19 at 10:54

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