Tag Info

Hot answers tagged

3

I don't think the parenthesis idea works at all. Let's remove "we suddenly see": Are a dozen or more sailing in the clear blue sky? Ok. (I'd love to know what are sailing in the blue sky). So, what did we take out? we suddenly see Either this means "see" literally; in which case we can count "them" Or "see" means to be aware of - Merriam ...


2

"What" in your examples is usually considered a relative pronoun (not a subordinating conjunction). And if you classify it that way, it solves your problem. In your example, "what makes me sad" is indeed a clause, with a subject, just as one would expect -- the subject is "what". Ordinary relative clauses modify some noun, but here, there is no noun to ...


1

We need to look at the context of the article. If this sentence stands alone, which it does in this post, then we really have no way of knowing which noun phrase the clause "that has touched off a devastating humanitarian crisis and threatened to ignite a broader regional conflict" refers to. I would assume it refers to Saudi Arabia's bombing campaign, but ...


1

The teacher is mistaken, though they are equivalent in your first two sample sentences. "I can't see you -- are you here?" is grammatical, but "I can't see you, are you here?" is a comma splice. "What the --" isn't a complete phrase, but it's acceptable in dialog. "What the," would not be. Similarly, "What the -- oh, there you are" would be acceptable in ...



Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible