Are these sentences grammatically correct? I looked at different sites, but none mention whether using 'what' would be wrong.

"It was his lying what hurt the most." "It was the shrimp what made her sick." "It was his being rude what bothered them the most." "It is global warming what we should be the most worried about." "It was the protest what caused the traffic jams."

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    I believe that some dialects of English use what like this. It is considered incorrect in standard dialects, though. – Peter Shor May 8 at 19:44
  • Thank you! I’ve looked and looked and couldn’t find anything on this specific topic. This clears things out. – Rose Cortijo May 8 at 19:56
  • If you Google "man what done it," you can find some discussions of this topic. Looking at a few of these discussions, however, I wasn't that impressed by any of them (for example, I'd like to know where this is used). I'm sure there are better discussions of it somewhere on the web, but I have no idea how to find them. – Peter Shor May 8 at 20:02
  • The final clause in an It-cleft sentence is a relative clause. That and which can be used in relative clauses, but what cannot. – John Lawler May 8 at 21:03

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