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    Question Is "What he threw surprised me." correct?

    Other students and I were trying to make some sentences with noun clause using "what".
    e.g.) This is not what I ordered.
    I can't understand what you are saying.

    A student made a sentence as follows.
    What he threw surprised me.

    I feel kind of awkward when I read this sentense. I feel what-clause is used for something vague such as idea and thoughts, but I'm not a native speaker.

    1.So could you please tell me if the example is correct or not?
    2.If it is not a proper English, how do you usually say the example sentence, instead?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Default Re: Is "What he threw surprised me." correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by popri View Post
    This is not what I ordered.
    I can't understand what you are saying.
    What he threw surprised me.
    All of these are fine.

    What you wrote is fine.
    I am happy with what you wrote.
    Last edited by 5jj; 16-May-2012 at 09:17. Reason: typu
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    Default Re: Is "What he threw surprised me." correct?

    Thank you so much for answering my question.
    I was not sure about what I wrote, but I'm able to have confidence about them thanks to you.

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