Tiffany lam
what the meaning of "the what" in here The poor girl(Bessie was a servant) was dismissed instantly. After her departure, Aunt Harriet discovered that there were piles of empty wine bottles of all shapes and sizes neatly stacked in WHAT had once been Bessie's wardrobe. capitalization of what to make it easier to be saw
Nov 20, 2016 12:59 PM
Answers · 2
Hello Nelson, Felipe is correct here, the 'what' in the common phrase 'what had once been' is a determiner used to describe something in general terms. The 'what' could be changed to 'which' if we wanted to be more descriptive to the thing (wardrobe). Hope that helps, Wade.
November 21, 2016
I'm not a native speaker (and I cannot assure it for you), but for me, seem that "WHAT" is this case is kind of "determiner" like "that" can means in some contexts.
November 20, 2016
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