Sumit
help me with these sentences!! i run faster than him i run faster than he does i run faster than what he does are these sentences correct?what are the subtle differences between them? SPECIALLY i cant understand in what circumstances "what" is used in the middle of the sentence...like: this place is what we were looking for...cant it be written as...this place is the place we were looking for. OR this size is bigger that what i am wearing...could be...the size is bigger than the size i am wearing BUT in sentences like: this is what is called intelligence this is what pressure can does How do we use what here?
Jun 25, 2013 6:04 PM
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1st sentence - grammatically incorrect, but you will hear it when people are speaking to each other or perhaps in an informal e-mail to a friend. It should not be used in formal writing or conversation with someone you want to impress. 2nd sentence - grammatically correct at any time. 3rd sentence - grammatically incorrect but you might hear it sometimes particularly in more rural areas of America.
June 25, 2013
I run faster than him – you cannot say it like this, as it is grammatically incorrect. The sentence must be “I run faster than he”. This is the short version of the sentences following but it is very colloquial, and you would just not say it, use the long version below, that’s at least a correct sentence. I run faster than he does - correct I run faster than what he does --- not correct. He runs, he does not do a thing. You cannot compare two different actions. What always refers to something mentioned before. And in this case the does won’t be an auxiliary verb, therefore you have a weird sentence with no meaning. The pronoun I always is written as a capital letter. this place is what we were looking for...can’t it be written as...this place is the place we were looking for. Exactly, you could say that too, the difference is that “what” in this context refers to “this place”! This was mentioned before, and the what only prevents you from repeating. OR this size is bigger that (I guess you misspelled it, you did it right everywhere else, the correct word would be than) what i am wearing...could be...the size is bigger than the size I am wearing In all your examples the “what” refers to the object of the sentence, replacing the repetition, making the sentence smoother
June 25, 2013
*This is what pressure can do
June 25, 2013
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Sumit
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