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Noun clauses (page 179) function as subjects, objects, and subject complements. When an independent clause can be converted into a noun clause and used as the subject, object, or complement of another sentence, the result is usually a smoother sentence.
Notice how the following pairs of short sentences can be combined by changing one of the sentences into a noun clause and combining it with the other sentence:
In sentence 1 the noun clause serves as the object; in sentence 2, it is the subject; and in sentence 3, the noun clause is the subject complement.