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Which is correct: "What lurks underneath ARE our lives," or "What lurks underneath IS our lives"? [duplicate]

I admit, the fact I can't figure this out is embarrassing. I'm not looking to change the wording of the sentence, but rather want an answer to which is the correct verb tense in this exact instance. ...
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Is it possible put a preposition in front of a relative pronoun what? [closed]

She believed what I was talking about. She believed about what I was talking. I believe the sentence 1 is grammatically correct, but I'm not sure about the sentence 2. Is that okay, too? Thank you.
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What or which one

I have the following question: Is it gramatically correct to say: 'What is your favourite one?' when speaking about favourite flavour of ice cream in general. A: What is your favourite flavour of ice ...
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Verb agreement with relative pronoun "what" as subject [duplicate]

The following construction can be found in one of the post in the ELU. remembering that the heart fibrils are what vibrate abnormally to cause a heart attack The verb "to vibrate" is in ...
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What does " pulp" mean in this context? [closed]

the pulp for the marriage made by the empress dowager has made me a fool to the whole world
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Is this sentence with repeated use of "what" correct?

I'm a french speaker and I have a question about the use of "what" at the beginning of a sentence. Could you please tell me if the following sentences are correct? What experiences, what ...
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Explain the structure of this sentence: “Segway will be to the car what the car was to the horse and buggy."

Dean Kamen, the inventor of Segway, ever said: Segway will be to the car what the car was to the horse and buggy. It seems to me that the structure of this sentence is “Segway will be (something1) ...
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Why do we use "what" instead of "who" in "what is your name?

"What is your name?" instead of "who is your name?" any explanation?
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English Grammar: who or what?

I feel confused in choosing between 'what' and 'who' in the following question: I want to be liked and loved for____I am inside. A. who B. where C. what D. how B and D are obviously wrong. ...
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Can you please explain the use of “in what” in this sentence below?

I couldn’t figure out the grammatical role of “in what” in the sentence below. What does “in” refer to in this case? Can someone explain it please ? Burroughs killed Vollmer in what he first ...
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Is "what" a subordinating conjunction?

For example in this sentence: What the knowledge of Grammar facilitates is further learning of English itself And, what type of Subordinate Clause is "the knowledge of Grammar facilitates"?
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Express amazement at the news, what news or such news! which is right?

So I receive a piece of info instead of saying "no sh*t, Sherlock", I want to express amazement at the news in a sarcastic, biblical friendly way, e.g. what news! or such news! but those just sound ...
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Who or what or which?

Is it Who are the main competitors? or What are the main competitors? The word `competitor' is referring to a firm / company here. If it were referring to a person, then I would say the first ...
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Can you ask *Who* feeds the calves? If the answer is going to be "Their mother", which is obviously the cow i.e. an animal

Question: Who feeds the calves? Answer: Their mother, the cow. Since the answer is going to be "Their mother", which is obviously the cow i.e. an animal, shouldn't the question be What feeds the ...
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The different usage of "whatever" and "what"

Following two sentences includes a confusing grammar in my opinion. Can you help me ? Whatever a man lacks in himself he will seek outside. If I wrote this sentence, I would use "it" after the ...
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What time or which time?

Strictly speaking, when referring to one or more of a definite set of values, the word 'which' should be employed. When referring to one or more of an unknown or infinate set of values, the word 'what'...
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What´s the difference between "lay out" and "put" in this phrase?

I'm from Brazil and I'm learning English. I recently came across a phrase that intrigued me a bit... "Brenda wants to have a picnic. She drives to the park. She lays out a blanket." Can I use "put" ...
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What does it mean? For What: "Well" in this sentence? Performing - noun or verb? [closed]

"Regularly performing well in worldwide livable city rankings, Vancouver has a new ambitious goal of becoming the greenest city in the world by 2020?"
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Discussion about the use of 'what'

A friend of mine wrote me this: I understand everything (what) you write. I mentioned that it was probably better to write 'that' instead of 'what´. We were not able to find the correct answer, ...
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What are the differences between "what is with", "what is up with" and "what is wrong with"?

I am watching the drama called Friends at the moment and many times actors used to say one of "what is with", "what is up with" and "what is wrong with". I think it seems ...
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Is "what has been discussed are..." a grammatically correct sentence?

When concluding an essay, I wrote "what has been discussed are three major advantages of xxx". But I doubt if "what has been discussed is three major advantages of xxx" is more correct?
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Usage of "what" in questions [closed]

My teacher asked me, What friends were you hanging out with? I think maybe she was wrong or maybe I do not know the other uses of "what" in asking questions.
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Making sense of "What Do You Care What Other People Think?"

"What Do You Care What Other People Think?" is the title of a book by Richard Feynman. The use of the first "what" sounds very unusual to me (a non-native speaker of English) since I've never seen ...
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I'd like to know if this is a grammatically correct sentence [closed]

It is what to unify and harmony with Nature. Also, do these two sentences have different meanings: A. The aesthetics of nature is what unifies and harmonizes with nature. B. The aesthetics of ...
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"... similar to what ..."

"A high school, a private hospital and several apartment blocks are among the buildings identified with combustible cladding similar to what fuelled the Grenfell Tower fire." I read this sentence and ...
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Conjunction and comma

I've got the following two sentences: This house is new and, what is more, it faces to the south. This software is easy to use, and what is more, it's free. These were drawn from a textbook. In 1, ...
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Usage of: "What is certain is that...." common English?

Can you confirm the following expression is used in common and formal cases? "What is certain is that..." As a native German, studying academic English, it sounds slightly strange. May I ask ...
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When and if to use "What are you at now?"?

I wonder if "What are you at now?" is correct grammatically to use, in this format and context. Two concerns that I have: Ending with "at" I am not ending the question with the "at". However, I am ...
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"Who is God" or "What is God"?

Which is correct: "Who is God?" or "What is God?" In my opinion God is "who", but I've just seen a billingual book with a title "What is God?" and I got confused.
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What does it mean "From what could only have"? [closed]

I saw this sentence, and am wondering what does it mean. I also found a shard of glass from what could only have been a Heineken
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"The first issue of Life magazine had a photo of a what on its cover?" Is "a what" correct here?

Is this question grammatically correct? Published in 1936, the first issue of Life magazine had a Margaret Bourke-White photo of a what on its cover? Can words like "the", "a", or a number be ...
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Using "What" or "Which" with superlatives [duplicate]

Is "Which is the longest river in the world?" correct OR "What is the longest river in the world?" OR are both of these correct? Please explain with reasons. Thanks!
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Can I start a declarative sentence with "What"? [closed]

I would like to write something like, "What makes you happy will make you insane." I know that I can rewrite this as, "The thing that makes you happy will make you insane," but I like the balance of ...
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Using "what" as a noun or object

I saw a sign outside a factory office that said: If you don't have what to do, don't do it here. I've also heard this word usage in the phrase: Do you have what to eat. Is this grammatical or ...
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Syntax Question. What is the role of the word "what" in the sentence?

While reading articles, I came across this sentence. Mr. Rafsanjani, 82, was also regarded a protector of what was left of Iran’s marginalized reformist movement and others with more moderate ...
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'Who' versus 'what' when talking about relationships between two people

I'm taking an intro Spanish class and we learned the phrase "qué es ella de ti" to ask how someone is related to someone else. "Qué" is the equivalent of "what". I was confused about why you wouldn't ...
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About: intonation_''wh-question''

This is a simple one. Could you tell me what "Carbonara" is? Now. The question is: Which intonation should be used? Is it a yes/no question or a wh-question? -It is a polite request for ...
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"What" as an adverb

In "What does it matter?", the "what" is considered as not a pronoun but an adverb in most dictionaries. I'd like to see more example sentences where "what" is used as an adverb like this. But the ...
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Subject-verb agreement question after WHAT [duplicate]

I have a question about how the verb LOOK below should be conjugated: 1.There are neatly-dug beds filled with what look like carrots, chard and kale... There are neatly-dug beds filled with what ...
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"What he is looking for are books" or "...is books"?

Which of the following is correct? What he is looking for are books written by Jane Austin. What he is looking for is books written by Jane Austin. Is it are to agree with the object books or is to ...
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Is this correct: "Our listeners are what make X"?

I listen to a podcast that I like, but every episodes ends with Our listeners are what make [podcast name] possible. which makes me cringe a little each time I hear it. Is it just me, or is the ...
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Can "what" be plural? [duplicate]

I searched The Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA) for "what make you". 10 results were returned. Here are some of the results. GROSS: So what happens, in a way, is that this young star ...
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"x and y are what drive them" vs "x and y are what driveS them"

Which of the following is correct? It seems evident that self-confidence and a desire for power are what drive them to enter this competition. It seems evident that self-confidence and a ...
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"Police have found what appear to be human remains." versus "– What's in the box? – Chocolates to die for!" Why the different agreement? [duplicate]

In my CD-ROM version of the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, an example sentence for the verb 'to appear' is: "Police have found what appear to be human remains." Gruesomeness apart, what ...
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Singular or plural verb after "what"

Which sentence is more grammatically correct? He is being tried on what look like trumped-up charges. He is being tried on what looks like trumped-up charges.
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What are wrong with this phrase?

Is the phrase what are wrong with XY and ZZ correct English? I stumbled upon it in a question on movies.SE: What are wrong with the bleach and the fish in the Machinist?, and instantly thought "...
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Verb agreement with "what"

This came up when reviewing a written English exercise, and I realized that I don't entirely trust my intuition on the answer. Which of the following is correct? Or are both valid? (Or is it ...
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