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    When does the word 'what' denote a question?

    I created a flyer for church with the following tag line:

    "See what a mighty work the Lord has done!"

    Upon review I was told the use of the word 'what' turned
    the sentence into a question. Could this be accurate?
    What would be the rule?

    Thanks for any help to clarify would be appreciated.

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    Re: When does the word 'what' denote a question?

    Welcome to the forums, sir_papermate.

    'What would be the rule?' is an example of what asking a question.

    It's clear that your slogan is not a question. 'What' here means 'that which'.

    Rover

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    Re: When does the word 'what' denote a question?

    On a separate note, you might want to consider changing "has done" into "has made" or "has created."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: When does the word 'what' denote a question?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Welcome to the forums, sir_papermate.

    'What would be the rule?' is an example of what asking a question.

    It's clear that your slogan is not a question. 'What' here means 'that which'.

    Rover
    Thanks so much!

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    Re: When does the word 'what' denote a question?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    On a separate note, you might want to consider changing "has done" into "has made" or "has created."
    It originates from a bible verse, so I don't think I'd stray too far away from the original form, but thanks for the great ideas!

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    Re: When does the word 'what' denote a question?

    Quote Originally Posted by sir_papermate View Post
    Thanks so much!
    Your thanks are appreciated, but you don't need to send them in a separate post or to quote our replies back to us.

    We are all happy to accept a simple click on the Like button as your acknowledgement of our help.


    Rover

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