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"It is he who..." and like sentences are grammatically correct. This question deals with the case of a pronoun after "to be," which is a complicated subject in English. Basically, the "traditional" rule is to use a pronoun matching the case of the antecedent before "to be." This rule prescribes usage like "It is he" and "I knew it to be him." The details ...


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If I had to decide between a complement and an adjunct, I would say that "that it's wrong" in the OP is a complement of the verb "mean", not merely an adjunct. But let's consider this: A: It's wrong. B: What do you mean that it's wrong? A1: I mean that it's not a right thing to do. A2: *I mean that it's not a right thing to do that it's ...


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I wonder whether different examples can shed some light:    How can you say [that] it's wrong? There doesn't seem to be anything odd about the nominative subordinate clause "[that] it's wrong".  To my eye, it looks like an direct object.  It's the thing that can be said. The part that seems odd is that "how can you" and "why ...


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The "that" makes it an indirect content clause/reported speech. The "that" is necessary to avoid the possible implication that "It's wrong" is exactly what was said. This is an expression that would appear in print only in dialog. It is essentially colloquial. "What do you mean" is an idiom (not a simple assembly of the meanings of its components). It is ...


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The OP has asked about the following interrogative, which seems perfectly grammatical to me (AmE, Upstate NY): What do you mean (that) it's wrong? In particular, the question concerns the syntax of the phrase "that it's wrong." I think the best way to approach this question is by setting aside the interrogative for a moment and considering its simple ...


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This doesn't answer OP's question, but it addresses the confusion another answerer here has. He said in his answer "best is a noun in I did the best I could, but an adjective in I did the best thing I could". I strongly oppose that conclusion. In my opinion best is an adjective both in I did the best I could and in I did the best thing I could. Here are ...



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