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matsukiwi
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Function of 'what' in this sentence

Post by matsukiwi » Tue May 24, 2016 12:11 am

There may be an obvious answer to this question, but thanks for helping out. One of my students asked me what 'what' means in the following sentence:

This is what I do on the weekend.

What functions does 'what' have in this sentence?

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Re: Function of 'what' in this sentence

Post by knowable » Fri May 27, 2016 11:31 am

I would say it is functioning as a pronoun.

Let us say someone had asked:
What is it you do on weekend? Or, what do you do on weekends?

Then the person answers ‘this is what I do on weekends’. Or ‘this is it’.

In the question ‘What’ is functioning as a pronoun. So is ‘It’ in the answer.

Follow the link below and see if the post on Wh-words helps to explains further.

http://findingsynonyms.blogspot.com/201 ... words.html
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