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Use of "than what" correct?

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Use of "than what" correct?

Postby sylviamills » Sun Jan 08, 2012 8:35 am

Hello, I have got another question, would you please be so kind as to help me with it?

I hear people use a "comparison" which I don't find in the grammar books. For example:

--> He is more interested in the subject than WHAT you thought.
Wouldn't it rather be: He is more interested in the subject than you thought (he was)? Why is WHAT used?

--> He is not as interested in the subject as WHAT you thought.
Here the same, isn't it correct to say: He is as interested in the subject as you thought (he was)?

Is there a difference in the meaning or is one "bad language"?

Thank you very much for your kind help!
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Re: Use of "than what" correct?

Postby Alan » Mon Jan 09, 2012 3:00 am

Nonstandard.

--> more interested (etc.) than you thought.
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