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Nominal clauses are clauses that function as nouns.
Nominal clauses can function as subjects, objects, or complements.
The word "that" connects the nominal clause to the independent clause. It is known as a complementary node.
"That" is optional when the nominal clause functions as the object.

 

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Nominal Clauses as Subjects

Nominal Clauses as Objects or Complements

That Tran enjoys skating is obvious.

It is obvious (that) Tran enjoys skating.

That Tran can skate well was proven in the competition.

The competition proved (that) Tran can skate well. 

That Tran won every skating competition is undisputed. 

It is clear (that) Tran is the skating champion.