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What I had forgotten was that I had a test today

I know that ‘What I had forgotten’ is a noun clause that is acting as the subject but what about the rest of the sentence?

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What I had forgotten was that I had a test today.

"What I had forgotten" is not a clause but an NP (noun phrase) in a 'fused' relative construction where the meaning is "the thing that I had forgotten".

The NP is the subject and the verb phrase "was that I had a test today" is the predicate.

The that clause is complement of "be" in its specifying sense.

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  • In this place englishgrammar101.com/module-10/clauses/lesson-5/noun-clauses it says it’s a noun clause. Commented Jan 8, 2021 at 8:37
  • @somerandomgirl Ignore what it says. It is wrong.
    – BillJ
    Commented Jan 8, 2021 at 9:34
  • Wait so everything in that place is wrong? Or only that part? Commented Jan 8, 2021 at 9:48
  • I've no idea what it says. But "what I had forgotten" is definitely a noun phrase, where "what" means "the thing which".
    – BillJ
    Commented Jan 8, 2021 at 9:51
  • What would be considered a noun clause then? Commented Jan 8, 2021 at 9:54

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