English as a Second Language/Adverbial Clauses

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Hello:

Does the dependent clause beginning with "who" in the following sentence function as an adverbial clause?

I'm not sure who turned off the oven.

Usually such a clause functions as a noun as in: I know who turned off the oven, or as an adjective clause, I know the person who turned off the oven.

I thank you for your reply.

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Hi Kenneth,

adverbial clauses answer to one of the following adverb questions: when? how? or why?
That is not the case with the sentence you're asking about:

I'm not sure who turned off the oven.

I'd say this is a relative clause. See more about subordinate clauses here:

http://www.chompchomp.com/terms/subordinateclause.htm

I hope this helps.

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