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Can I use the pronoun "it" instead of "what" in this context? If not, please explain why. Can I use the pronoun "it" instead of "what" in this context? If not, please explain why. "It shows that young people spend on average 23 hours a week in front of the television, which works out at over three hours everyday. WHAT is surprising, however, is the fact that the average adults watch even more: incredible 28 hours a week." Thank you in advance!
Sep 12, 2018 8:12 AM
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In short, no. You can say: "WHAT is surprising, however, is the fact that the average adult watchES even more: AN incredible 28 hours a week." or "IT is surprising, however, that the average adult watchES even more: AN incredible 28 hours a week."
September 12, 2018
You can, but you would need to change the rest of the sentence as well. I was just about to rewrite it for you, but realised that it isn't correct english anyway. We would not say 'the average adults', and there is an 'an' missing before 'incredible'. Where did you find this? But anyway - It is surprising, however, that average...
September 12, 2018
"What" here means "a thing" A thing that is surprising, however, is the fact that the average adult watch even more... So, yes, you can instead write It is surprising, however, that the average adult watchs even more: ... But "It is surprising is the fact", clearly does not work. . BTW: ...the average adult watches ... or .. on average adults watch ....
September 12, 2018
Dau Nho Nhan
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