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    #1

    She did what I desired. = She did that which I desired.

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether the following two sentences are enjoying the same rights?

    She did what I desired.
    She did that which I desired.

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    Re: She did what I desired. = She did that which I desired.

    Yes and no. The former is less archaic, the latter very so.

    Even "desired" is rather dated compared to "what" as a conjunction.

    Natural English in our times would prefer: "She did what I wanted."

    Or, more formally, "She did as I desired."

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